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Player Appearances Scheduled at Area Winn-Dixie Stores

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- The second annual Jaguars' Food Drive kicks off Monday, October 28, when all area Winn-Dixie stores begin accepting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger on the First Coast. Last year's inaugural drive brought in more than five tons of food (10,141 pounds).

The Lutheran Social Services Second Harvest Food Bank, Northeast Florida's regional food bank, will again serve as the central resource for receiving and distributing the donated food to 17 area counties.

Fans are encouraged to stop by local Winn-Dixies to drop off their non-perishable food items from October 28 through November 11. The stadium gameday collection is set for Sunday, November 10, when the Jaguars play host to the Baltimore Ravens in a 4 p.m. game. Members of JagNet, the team's volunteer wives group, will be accepting donations starting two hours before kickoff. Players' wives will be wearing their husband's game jerseys at each of the stadium's four main gates. The Jaguars' cheerleaders, The Roar, will also be accepting donations at the stadium's West Club entrance.

Fans who bring five or more items to the gameday collection and/or to the Winn-Dixie stores during the four scheduled player appearances will receive a special edition Jaguars 11x17 color poster designed specifically for the food drive. The following appearances are scheduled during the next three weeks:

Tuesday: Oct. 29, 6-7 p.m.

Randy & Romonda Jordan

Winn-Dixie located on Southside at Baymeadows

Wednesday: Oct. 30, 6-7 p.m.

Mike & Debra Hollis

Winn Dixie in Mandarin at San Jose & Loretto Roads

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m.

Joel & Donelle Smeenge

Winn-Dixie at Beaches at San Pablo & Beach Blvd.

Thur., Nov. 7, 6-7 p.m.

Bryan & Leah Barker

Winn Dixie at the Beaches

Penman Plaza-Neptune Beach

Television and radio public service announcements are presently being distributed to promote the drive. One in three Florida families with children lack food every month. Over one third of homeless people eat one meal a day or less and go one day a week without any nourishment. The LSS Second Harvest Food Bank served over 250 local non-profit agencies last year by distributing over 3.5 million pounds of donated and surplus food.


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