One in Six Jacksonville Residents Faces Hunger
Every year on the second Saturday in May, the National Association of Letter Carriers holds the nation's largest one-day food drive. This year, it will be held on May 11.
Tonight is Second Harvest night at Sea Best Field. Cheer on the Jacksonville Sharks as they take on the Iowa Barnstormers and support Second Harvest by making a non-perishable food donation before the game. Second Harvest staff and volunteers will be holding a food drive out front, so bring food to donate and look for the bog blue truck.
A huge thank you is due to Dixie Egg Company who today delivered a whopping donation of 240 cases of fresh eggs to Second Harvest North Florida's Jessie Street distribtuion center. That is a total of 86,400 eggs!
No one was as excited to see this wonderful donation as Bruce Ganger, Second Harvest's executive director.
Who will eat these 86,400 eggs?
Gleaning refers to the gathering of crops left behind after farmers are done harvesting. Crops may get left behind for several reasons. Sometimes food is left behind from a field that was mechanically harvested, or the food may not be worth the cost to the farmer due to labor cost or expected low profits from the market. However, the food that remains behind is still healthy and nutritious food that can be used. Gleaning is one of many things that Second Harvest North Florida does to help rescue food that can be used to feed those in need.
Join Second Harvest North Florida in recognizing a super partner: Bimbo Bakeries. Since June, 2012, the benevolent bakers have donated more than 105,000 pounds of bread to feed the hungry men, women and children of north Florida. These delicious baked goods include English muffins, bagels, hot dog and hamburger rolls, pizza crusts, specialty and traditional sliced breads, tortillas, and rolls. When the Bimbo Bakery donation arrives at the food bank every Monday and Thursday, the large carts overflow with great products.
Homes by Deltona will host a food drive to benefit the hungry men, women and children served by Second Harvest North Florida on March 16, 2013. The family-friendly event will place at the San Savino community located in St Augustine Shores, where 16 new homes are currently under construction. There will be live music, a 105.5 FM-WYRE live radio remote, prizes and snacks and model home tours. Bring your kids out for a fun Saturday!