The Jaguars Foundation sponsored a food distribution by Feed The Children to 400 needy families living in Jacksonville by assisting with the delivery of two semi-tractor trailer trucks of food, juice, chips, baby food and personal care items unloaded by volunteers and the Jaguars' team members defensive end Tony Brackens, offensive lineman Todd Fordham, punter Chris Hanson, offensive tackle Mike Person and retired defensive end Joel Smeenge.
Delores Barr Weaver, co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and chair/CEO of the Jaguars Foundation said, "Over the years, Jacksonville has addressed hunger in many ways. Trucking in donated food valued at several thousand dollars may be one of the most novel approaches used. The Jaguars Foundation is proud to partner with Feed The Children and others to get this food to our community's children and families in need."
The distribution was held at Community Connections' Davis Center on Saturday, August 17, 2002. It was organized by Feed The Children's President Larry Jones and Jaguars Foundation Executive Director Peter Racine. Pat Hannan, executive director of Community Connections and Susan Evans, resource development director at The Bridge of Northeast Florida were also on-site with other staff and volunteers to help coordinate the event.
"We are happy to team with the Jaguars today to help hungry children and their families in the Jacksonville area," said Larry Jones. Approximately 31 million Americans - including 12 million children - live in food insecure households. It is through combined efforts like this event today that we are able to make a difference."
Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Feed The Children has provided assistance to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 96 foreign countries.