The Jaguars will conduct their annual Operation Blessing program tomorrow from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Park, located approximately five minutes from ALLTEL Stadium. Cornerback Fernando Bryant, other Jaguars players and players' wives will be on hand to help distribute food to more than 3,000 families who are in need during this holiday period.
In recognition of this community-wide effort, Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney has proclaimed Tuesday as Tackling Hunger Day.
In addition to the food distribution, eight area agencies that serve the disadvantaged throughout the First Coast region will pick up boxes of frozen turkeys donated by Jaguars' players and staff. Free glaucoma screenings will be offered by the Vision is Priceless Council and blood pressure screenings will be offered by the Florida-Georgia Blood Alliance. Diabetes education and exam information will also be available. First Union/Wachovia volunteers will read to children, who will also have a chance to meet Santa Claus.
Only families with registration flyers distributed through local churches and Duval County schools are eligible to receive two free bags of mixed grocery products on a first-come, first served basis while supplies last or until 4:00 p.m., whichever comes first.
For more information, media may contact the Jaguars Community Affairs Department at (904) 633-6582.