Starting summer 2012 ServiceMaster First Coast & North Florida Second Harvest are helping feed our friends and neighbors in need.
As the region’s only food bank, Second Harvest North Florida distributes over 20M pounds of nutritious food to the needy each year. This may come as a surprise, but in the 17 north Florida counties that Second Harvest serves 342,600 men, women and children are food insecure. To meet this overwhelming need, Second Harvest distributes healthy food through a variety of outlets. One such outlet is the Mobile Pantry Distribution program. This innovative approach brings an entire semi-truck load of food, or 8,400 pounds, right into the neighborhoods where hungry people live. Right now, this program is making 10 distributions every week, twice every weekday.
Our first "Mobile Pantry" held July 6th, 2012 at Lenox Ave. Church of God, distributed food to over 250 individuals and families. Now we ask you, our friends, family, and business partners to help our local hungry too. Your donation can help make our goal of 6 Mobile Pantry Distributions per year a reality! Pound for pound there is no better way to make your donation go farther. Every dollar you donate will provide 7 meals for one of our neighbors in need. Thanks in large part to key strategic donation partners like WALMART and COSTCO, Second Harvest is able to purchase milk, cheese, meats, vegetables, and other necessities for literally pennies on the dollar. See pictures from our most recent distribution on May 17th on our Facebook page by clicking this link.
To make it easier for everyone to donate you can either click the PayPal button bellow or if you prefer, bring cash or check to our next scheduled CE Class. Thanks in advance for your support!
The cost to make one distribution is $1,200, which covers the truck and fuel, the driver and the food. Since this program began, it has continued to expand to keep up with the overwhelming community need. In many of the rural counties we serve, community members do not have access to the social services available in the urban cores. Likewise, in many of the urban areas the program serves, neighborhoods are often described as food deserts with no nearby grocery stores or healthy food options. For these reasons, this program has made a resounding impact among the hungry people who rely on it. This proposal requests $1,200 to hold on mobile pantry distribution, which will distribute 8,400 pounds of food to approximately 250 hungry community members.