Feed The Children will make its third visit to Northeast Florida this Thursday, March 15, delivering three semi-tractor trailers full of food and essentials for1,200 families. Pre-identified families will each receive three boxes of food and essentials designed to sustain a family of four for one week.
This year, Healthy Start will host three distribution locations:
- Duval County – Distribution event from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Normandy Mall, 5301 Lenox Ave.
- St. Johns County – Distribution event from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Sebastian Middle School, 2955 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine
- Baker County – Distribution event from 3:30 – 5:30 at the National Children’s Study, 884 South Sixth St., Macclenny
Nearly one in five children living in Jacksonville (19%) is considered impoverished. Northeast Florida also posts higher rates of food insecurity than the rest of the country. Food insecurity – the inability to consistently access the adequate amounts of nutritious food necessary for a healthy life – tends to be more prevalent in rural counties. Nearly one in three children living in Baker County (30.1%) and nearly one in four children living in St. Johns County (23.2%) are considered food insecure. Spreading the distribuitions across multiple counties will allow Healthy Start and Feed the Children to reach rural families that may not be able to access these resources otherwise.