Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and the Jacksonville Jaguars launched the 17th annual food drive to benefit Second Harvest North Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The local grocer and NFL team are calling upon First Coast residents to donate nonperishable items at Winn-Dixie stores in North Florida until November 8. To kick off the food drive, Winn-Dixie donated a truck loaded with 37,500 pounds of food at a fall festival with special appearances by Jaguars players, The ROAR cheerleaders and Jaxson De Ville.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Second Harvest North Florida announced on Monday that Jacksonville businessman Bruce Ganger has been hired as the organization’s executive director, ending a six-month search.
Ganger comes to Second Harvest from ISF Group, a business he founded with his wife Peg in 2006 to assist area nonprofits with development and fundraising. Ganger has served as managing director for ISF Group, which has grown to include more than 60 clients, and has more than 25 years of marketing and organizational development experience.
Denny’s, one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, is teaming up with the St. Augustine community to raise money for Second Harvest of North Florida. On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Denny’s diner located at 1300 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. will cook hundreds of delicious, bite-sized pancake balls for its Second Annual Pancake Puppy Eating Contest.
Back by popular demand, the eating contest will raise funds while increasing awareness of food insecurity in St. Augustine. Denny’s will donate 10 percent of all sales from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 10 to Second Harvest of North Florida, which distributes food and grocery products to those in need. Then, at 3 p.m., 10 hungry competitors will battle it out in the eating arena in hopes of becoming the next “St. Augustine Pancake Puppy Champion.”
September is Hunger Action Month, an opportunity to place a spotlight on the issue of domestic hunger while creating opportunities for people on the First Coast and abroad to participate in the ongoing battle against it – either through volunteering, giving or advocacy.
The effort is sponsored by Feeding America, the national association of food banks of which Second Harvest is a member, to raise awareness for the fight against hunger - and to show people just how big a contribution can make when they consider how much they spend each month on certain non-essentials, then donate an equal amount of money to provide meals.
Help Second Harvest by donating money, food or time - or by encouraging your business, organization or place of worship to partner with Second Harvest in helping to eliminate hunger for our neighbors.
The 17th Annual Jaguars Family Food Drive will once again help feed needy families on the First Coast. Winn-Dixie and the Jaguars team up annually by hosting the drive in Winn-Dixie stores. This year's gameday collection will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2, when the Jaguars face the New Orleans Saints.
Each fall, the Jacksonville Jaguars partner with Winn-Dixie stores to host a food drive benefiting Second Harvest North Florida. Jacksonville-area residents can donate food in specially marked barrels at participating Winn-Dixie stores on the First Coast from Sept. 27 through Nov. 8. Additionally, the Jaguars will hold a food drive before their Oct. 2 game against the New Orleans Saints at EverBank Field. Collection barrels will be set up outside the stadium for fans to donate nonperishable food items.