Feed the Children returned to Jacksonville last Thursday, with two semi-tractor trailers full of 42,000 pounds food and essentials for 800 local families. The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition was chosen to host the food distribution event for a second year in a row as part of Feed the Children’s “Americans Feeding Americans” initiative. Nearly one in five children living in Jacksonville (19 percent) is considered impoverished.
Healthy Start held the event on World Prematurity Day (Nov. 17) and extended a special invite to mothers and pregnant women in Jacksonville. Pre-identified families, served by Healthy Start and other local non-profit agencies, received a set of three boxes containing food, household and personal items, designed to supplement a family of four for one week.
Healthy Start Coalition staff, Board and Coalition members served as volunteers at the event, joined by personnel from Naval Air Station Jacksonville Hospital, McGladrey, the Cross Agency, Colomer USA and more. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!
For more on the event’s success, view the News4Jax coverage of the event and our photo gallery below!