Busy time of year for Jacksonville food banks


JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Millions of families across the state and some here in Jacksonville will not have food for the holidays.

Farm Share does its best to help you.

Food will be distributed to hundreds of families on Saturday. It’s first come, first served and there is always a queue.

There are two parts to how Farm Share works: giving and receiving. Marketing director Gil Zepeda says this has been a challenge on both sides.

“Our operating costs have increased significantly and the workforce has increased as well. Zepeda said. “A lot of people are trying to get back into the workforce.”

As the housing market, food and gas prices rise, Zepeda said “the very first thing people cut is donations to organizations like ours.”

Just weeks before Christmas and New Years, Farm Share organizers say volunteering, giving and spreading information will help these families.

“The pandemic, thank goodness for the vaccine, has improved somewhat. Nevertheless, we are still facing a huge problem when it comes to food insecurity, because of everything that is going on, ”Zepeda said. “We educate people so that they are more aware of what is going on around them. And being able to see that food insecurity is a problem that many people face this holiday season. “

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He says it’s not just the homeless who are food insecure, but our neighbors who are struggling to keep food on the table.

For Farm Share to give, it must receive.

It starts with donations. “Giving just $ 25 means 210 meals for a family in need,” Zepeda said.

Farm Share plans to donate food to 300 households on Saturday, December 11, starting at 8 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11665 Fort Caroline Road in Jacksonville. Recipients will receive fresh produce and non-perishable canned goods. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, distributions are only done while driving to minimize contact and help ensure the safety of all parties, and participants must wear a mask and arrive in a vehicle with a trunk or dumpster.

If you want more information about Farm Share, visit FarmShare.org.

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