Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, along with Jaguars players Rashad Jennings and Austin Lane, members of The ROAR of the Jaguars Cheerleaders and representatives from Second Harvest North Florida distributed 200 food boxes and turkeys to families on Tuesday at the NFL – YET (Youth Education Town), located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Jacksonville. This was part of the Jaguars gift of more than 1,000 holiday meals given this week to needy families and senior citizens around Jacksonville and the surrounding counties.
In the spirit of the season of giving, the Jacksonville Jaguars organization, on behalf of its Touchdown Club Members, donated $15,000 to Second Harvest North Florida. Additionally, team owners Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver made a personal donation to Second Harvest of $12,500 for a total cash contribution of $27,500 to provide holiday meals for less fortunate families and senior citizens. Second Harvest secured the food and volunteers to assemble and fill 1,000 holiday meal food boxes.
This is the third year the team has helped needy families for the Christmas holiday. This year, Second Harvest included fresh fruits and vegetables (apples, oranges, potatoes and carrots) for the families' enjoyment. Each meal also included stuffing, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, corn bread and a turkey or $10 Winn-Dixie gift card to be used toward the purchase of a turkey, ham or other meat.
"We truly have the best fans and we are grateful for their continued support," expressed Delores Barr Weaver. "On behalf of these great folks, we made this contribution to Second Harvest to serve the less fortunate." Wayne Weaver added, "We are thankful for the work of Second Harvest and we appreciate our partnership with Winn-Dixie as the official supermarket of the Jaguars."
The Jaguars Foundation coordinated with non-profit organizations to distribute the holiday food boxes, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Communities in Schools of Nassau County, Communities in Schools of St. Johns County, Urban Jacksonville/Cathedral Foundation at the Cathedral Residences, Heart for Children, MaliVia Washington Kids Foundation, and Peace Presbyterian Church.