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The third annual jaguars Food Drive is now underway with all area Winn-Dixie stores accepting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger on the First Coast. Last year's drive brought in more than nine and a half tons of food (19,717 pounds).

The Lutheram 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 November 3 through November 16. The stadium gameday collection is set for Sunday, November 16, when the Jaguars play host to the Tennessee Oilers in a 1p.m. game. Members of JagNet, the team's volunteer wives group, will be accepting donations starting at 11:30 a.m., an hour and a half 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 below scheduled player appearences will receive a special edition Jaguars 11x17 size poster designed especially for the food drive. The following appearances are scheduled during the next two weeks:

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

Mike & Debra Hollis

Winn-Dixie (5207 Normandy Blvd.)

(Near Cassat and Normandy)

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5-7 p.m.

Keenan & Nicole McCardell

Winn-Dixie (9866 Baymeadows Road)

(Baymeadows and Southside)

Thursday, Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m.

Bryan & Leah Barker

Winn-Dixie (14286 Beach Blvd.)

(Beach and San Pablo)

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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