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Seventh Annual Jaguars Food Drive Begins Next Monday

The seventh annual Jaguars Food Drive gets underway on Monday with area Publix stores accepting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger on the First Coast. Last year's drive brought in more than 28,000 pounds of food - enough for approximately 18,707 meals.

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 Publix supermarkets to drop off their non-perishable food items starting next Monday through November 12. The ALLTEL Stadium game day collection is set for Sunday, November 11, when the Jaguars host the Cincinnati Bengals in a 1:00 p.m. game. Members of JagNet, the team's volunteer wives group, accept donations starting at 11:30 a.m. Players' and coaches' wives will be at each of the stadium's four main gates. The Jaguars' cheerleaders, The Roar, will also accept donations at the stadium's Touchdown Club West entrance.

Fans who bring five or more items to the game day collection and/or to the Publix stores during the below scheduled player appearances will receive a special-edition 11x17 size poster designed especially for the food drive. The following appearances are scheduled during the next two weeks:

Thursday, November 1, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Aaron and Umme Beasley

Publix Store 433 (14444 Beach Blvd. Ste. 6)

Tuesday, November 6, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Kyle and Kristi Brady

Publix Store 552 (670 Marsh Landing Pkwy.)

Thursday, November 8, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Jeff and Amy Smith

Publix Store 309 (12200 San Jose Blvd.)

Television and radio public service announcements featuring Jaguars cornerback Aaron Beasley and his wife, Umme, and center Jeff Smith and his wife, Amy, are presently being distributed to promote the drive.

The LSS Second Harvest Food Bank, Northeast Florida's regional food bank, will again serve as the central resource for receiving and distributing the donated food items. More than five million pounds of donated food are distributed each year to over 350 non-profit agencies across our area. In 1999, the food bank distributed approximately four million meals to over 350 daycares, senior centers, churches and other non-profit sharing agencies. LSS is also currently feeding 3,000 children a day at 45 different sites through the Kids Cafes program.

For more information, please contact the Jaguars Community Affairs Department by calling (904)633-6582.

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