Second Harvest North Florida Volume 12 • Issue 4 • June 2011 www.WeNourishHope.org
a newsletter for member agencies
Second Harvest North Florida seeks nonprofit organizations to become new member agencies
Second Harvest North Florida works with 450 member agencies across the 18-county service area for which it is responsible. An ongoing challenge is equitable distribution of food to each of those counties. The most effective and efficient solution is having a sufficient number of member agencies capable of distributing enough food to meet the needs of hungry people in each county. While a sufficient number of member agencies exist currently in Duval County, new member agencies are needed in the following counties: • Nassau • Putnam • Clay • Flagler
As you talk with your counterparts in other churches or organizations, please pass the word that we are looking for potential partners. While there is an application process that all agencies must go through to determine their eligibility, the most important criteria is that they have a mission and desire to help feed those in need. Please feel free to give potential member agencies contact information for Jim Chynoweth, director of member agencies & distribution, 904.517.5553, or send an email to jimc@WeNourishHope.org with the contact information for a potential member agency.
Jaguars’ fans again bring Campbell’s Chunky Soup to thousands of kids through Click for Cans contest Food pantries in 18 north Florida counties will benefit this summer from support from Jaguars fans. As the result of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ second consecutive runner-up finish in the Campbell’s Chunky Soup’s “Click for Can” online food drive, 13,000 cans of soup have been delivered to Second Harvest North Florida’s food bank to be delivered to its member agencies. “This soup comes at a perfect time for us as we work this summer to get food to families needing help feeding children who don’t have access to reduced-fee or free school meals,” Karen Rieley, Second Harvest’s interim executive director, said. “We are so grateful to groups like Touchdown Jacksonville and the many other community supporters who diligently voted
for the Jaguars each day to help ensure the team’s runner-up finish in this year’s competition.” Jacksonville went undefeated during the regular season, a perfect 17-0 mark, before defeating both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs to claim the AFC crown. Fans of every NFL team could log onto the Click for Cans Challenge website each week to vote for their favorite squad, which was matched up against the same team the actual NFL team was playing on the field that week. The teams with the four best records in each conference moved on to the playoffs. Green Bay advanced to the Super Bowl from the NFC, while Jacksonville represented the AFC.
Second Harvest Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri........................7:30 a.m. - noon
Purchase Program offers new items:
The Second Harvest Purchase Program has a newly expanded inventory including breakfast cereal, laundry detergent, spaghetti, peanut butter and canned vegetables. The program, SHNF Plus+, exists to help our active partner agencies fill potential gaps in their inventory by offering a selection of dry, shelf-stable grocery items at cost. Since we are able to buy in large bulk quantities, our prices are better than those of other retailers, and of course, we are passing on all the savings to you. For more information, please contact Elliot Darkatsh, 904.517.5554 or edarkatsh@WeNourishHope.org.
Thank you to all who have been opening the emails we send you! We will increasingly use email as a means of communication and strongly encourage all of you to please add Second Harvest to your list of ‘safe senders’ to ensure you receive our communications. As explained in the last edition of this newsletter, we have selected at random two agencies that received and opened the emails we sent: • Sweetwater Community Development • Mandarin Worship Center Each of these agencies has been awarded a $25 credit on its account. Be sure to open all future emails from Second Harvest. Our drawings will continue in the months ahead!
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FROM THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: As we enter the summer months, all of us in Florida keep a wary eye on the weather reports and wonder if this will be the year we get hit by “the big one.” While hurricanes are a real danger and are certainly worth preparing for, there is another tragedy that unfolds all around us every year – childhood hunger. In our community, tens of thousands of children rely on subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs to get the food they need each week. Once school finishes, however, many of those children will start missing meals as their parents struggle to find the extra food they need to feed their families during the summer months. In one heart-wrenching story, a family shared how they had two sons. One son was a great student who received good grades. The other son struggled through his classes and had to attend summer school one year to make up for the bad grades he received.
The next school year, the good student’s teachers were alarmed to see a rapid decline in the quality of his work and grades. When they questioned him about the change, his reply was a sobering one. “Last year, my brother got to eat great meals all summer because he was in summer school, while I went hungry. I don’t want to miss out on meals again next summer,” he said. As this story portrays, the work you do every day to help feed kids matters a great deal – for more reasons than just hunger. Thank you for working with us to ensure that everyone in our community has enough to eat, especially those who are too young to care for themselves. Wishing you the joy that caring for others brings,
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Food pantries in 18 north Florida counties will benefit this summer from support from Jaguars fans. As the result of the Jacksonville Jaguar...