Feeding Northeast Florida believes in breaking the cycle of poverty through access to quality food resources and by providing the resources and education necessary to increase family stability and economic self-sufficiency.
Through innovative direct-service programs and partnerships with schools, senior centers, and veteran and active-duty military organizations, we work tirelessly to not only feed the line but shorten the line. Learn how we support the communities we serve.
1 in 5 children in Northeast Florida experience hunger. No child should ever worry where they will receive their next meal. We nourish futures by ensuring kids receive the proper nutrition to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Each Snack Pack contains two meals worth of food and beverages that are non-perishable and kid friendly. Snack Pack items vary based on inventory and availability, but can contain fruit and grain bars, applesauce, cereal bowl, dried fruit, white milk, chocolate milk, and water. These packs are provided to food insecure children weekly through schools, after school programming, youth centers, and more.
Feeding Northeast Florida provides fresh fruit such as apples, oranges, strawberries, and mangoes weekly to schools as requested
To address the need for on-demand snacks, Feeding Northeast Florida provides participating schools Snack Stations weekly – a 15-pound box containing a wide variety of snacks such as granola bars, applesauce cups, beef jerky, individually packed crackers, and beverages. As with Snack Pack program, we consult with our Registered Dietitian to ensure snack items are age-appropriate, desirable, and wholesome.
Working with public school systems, we host targeted mobile pantries serving families with children to help supplement the loss of school meals during spring, summer and holiday breaks.
Last year, Feeding Northeast Florida provided food resources to an estimated 1 in 6 seniors living in the 8 counties we serve. We are committed to helping our senior population through food assistance programs that consider health risks, transportation needs, physical limitations and dietary restrictions of older adults.
we work with several senior centers and senior communities to host regular client-choice pantries on-site. Residents are able to select the food they prefer which includes low sodium and whole wheat products to meet the dietary needs of seniors.
Research compiled by Veteran Affairs estimates that anywhere from 8 – 25 percent of the veteran population is food insecure. In Northeast Florida, that equates to 3 – 9,300 men and women who served in the U.S. Military are now experiencing hunger. Additionally, the Greater Jacksonville USO reports approximately 7,500 of our active-duty military living on the First Coast are food insecure to some degree. Feeding Northeast Florida is committed to giving back to those who risked everything to protect our freedom.
Feeding Northeast Florida partnered with United Way of Northeast Florida, DoorDash, and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to deliver food to local veteran families, including homeless veterans. 250 veterans participated in the initiative and received a box of shelf-stable goods weekly in addition to fresh produce, dairy, and proteins.
Feeding Northeast Florida has provided the crucial materials, equipment and food resources to support growth for several military support organizations such as The Greater Jacksonville USO, Five Star Veterans Center, and Northeast Florida Women’s Veterans. We continue to provide food resources monthly to these organizations to support our military families.
Feeding Northeast Florida believes everyone should have consistent and reliable access to nutritious, high-quality food to support healthy bodies and minds. But with over 40 food deserts in Jacksonville alone, many of our neighbors do not have access to this basic need. With this in mind we developed two programs that work in tandem to address areas with high food insecurity.
The 40′ mobile markets are self-contained mobile food pantries that serve individuals and families at a street-by-street level, targeting neighborhoods that have high rates of food insecurity. The Markets are stocked with 70% fresh produce, lean proteins, dairy and whole grain food resources. All products are chosen by our nutrition team and dietitian.
The Corner Markets support our prescriptive nutrition program in which Feeding Northeast Florida partners with Federally Qualified Health Clinics and Free and Charitable Clinics to serve low-income, underinsured patients referred by the clinic providers.
Equipped with space specifically for the prescriptive nutrition initiative, nursing students and dietitians meet directly with clients, discuss their individual needs and track their progress over time — directly linking their recommendations to the fresh, health food available on the Market.