Second Harvest North Florida provides resources to more than 400 member agencies in 17 counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee and Union.
They also keep up a fleet of 13 vehicles that provide pickup and delivery services for perishable and nonperishable items.
Their distribution center in St Augustine has moved to a new facility, doubling its space and considerably increasing its productivity. The new facility is located at 3525 Agricultural Center Drive. The pantry is open M-F from 7:30am – noon. The new St Augustine facility relies on the work of devoted volunteers to operate. Volunteers ranging in age from high-schoolers to adults may sign up online.
Food items most requested by agencies' clients are meat, beans, rice and peanut butter.
The next big event for Second Harvest is the 26th annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to be held November 19th at the Prime Osborne Center in Jacksonville. The event begins at 12 noon. Individual tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or at the door.
The Empty Bowls Luncheon shows community support for those who are coping with hunger in North Florida. Local celebrities (including media personalities) act as servers for the event. Area students and senior citizen groups have created original, handcrafted ceramic bowls for every guest. There will be celebrity autographed bowls and pottery demonstrations. Luncheon attendees are able to select a bowl to take home.
The Thanksgiving Giveaway will be on November 22 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. They will provide ready-to-prepare meals for 2,500 Duval County families thanks to funding from Wells Fargo.