For the fourth year in a row the Jacksonville Jaguars will donate food to families during the Christmas season. The Jaguars have partnered with PEPSI, Winn-Dixie and Second Harvest North Florida to provide food for 1,000 families during the holidays.
Jaguars President Mark Lamping noted, “Our support of Second Harvest through the Taste of the NFL at EverBank field provides thousands of meals for families throughout the year. However, it is especially important for the Jaguars to be of help to struggling families during the holiday season. We’re blessed to make Jacksonville our home and it’s a privilege to do our part through Second Harvest to help make the holidays a little brighter to those less fortunate in our community.”
Second Harvest North Florida volunteers filled Winn-Dixie reusable bags with holiday meals that included fresh produce, including potatoes, carrots, apples and oranges, along with corn, green beans, stuffing, gravy mix, corn muffin mix, a 2 Liter bottle of PEPSI – XFACTOR beverage and a $10 Winn-Dixie gift card to use toward a purchase of a turkey, ham or other food item.
Jaguars player Zach Potter and his wife Tyeler will be personally delivering 15 holiday food bags to young adults at Touchstone Village at the Youth Crisis Center.
“No societal problem is more aligned with our core business than hunger,” said Winn-Dixie Senior Vice President of Marketing Mary Kellmanson. “Together we can make a difference to ensure that every family can gather together for a warm meal during the holidays. Customers can join us in our commitment to feed the community by easily donating to our Hunger Relief program at our store registers, where all proceeds benefit Second Harvest North Florida to help neighbors in need.”
The Jaguars Foundation coordinated with the following non-profit organizations to distribute the food: Andrew Jackson High School, Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Christ Church of Peace, Communities in Schools of Nassau County, Communities in Schools of St. John’s County, Community Connections, daniel, Inc., The Exchange Club Family Center, Families of Slain Children, First Coast Community Development of Kingsland Georgia, Fresh Ministries, Heart for Children, The Independent Living Resource Center, Metro Kids Konnection, The Sanctuary on 8th Street, St. Gerard Campus, Touchstone Village at the Youth Crisis Center and The Wounded Warrior Program.
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