Feeding Northeast Florida secures donations from Feeding America, food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers, community food drives, and from government agencies and other organizations. Sometimes, we purchase items our neighbors need but are not donated regularly, such as dairy. We buy this food at much lower prices than grocery store prices, so donated dollars can turn into more meals.
Volunteers are the heart of our mission. Each year, thousands of volunteers inspect donated food and grocery products for quality control. They then sort, label, box and repackage the products for distribution. Nearly 90,000 pounds of food leave our facilities each day for distribution, creating 73,000 meals daily for our neighbors experiencing hunger.
Food and grocery items are distributed through our hunger relief network of 325 partnerships and programs which include food pantries, mobile pantries, healthcare clinics, and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors, and individuals at risk of hunger. Last year alone, our hunger relief network distributed more than 26 million meals to people in need living in our 8-county service area.
Feeding Northeast Florida also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses, and the government all have a role in ending hunger.