“We are going to be ready to assist” Feeding NEFL pivoting to fill food insecurity gap

How local school districts plan to handle food for students

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Right now, parents are trying to figure out the best option for back-to-school learning. For some, that means factoring in access to a healthy meal for their children.

13.9 million children are suffering from food insecurity, up from 2.5 million in 2018 and 5.1 million at the height of the Great Recession in 2008, according to Lauren Bauer of the Hamilton Project, who used data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Feeding Northeast Florida works through 250 agencies to provide for thousands of people in their 8-county coverage area.

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Starting next week, Feeding Northeast Florida will be operating their own mobile pantries.

Susan King, the President and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida told Action News Jax Courtney Cole, “They are going to be regular, recurring distribution, so that everyone can know, every two weeks they can go to the site or they can go to another.”

1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month

10:00 a.m.

Redemption Church

2000 Lane Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32210

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month

10:00 a.m.

Paxon Revival Center Church

5461 Commonwealth Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32254

2nd and 4th Tuesdays

Church of Eleven22 in Arlington

Check the Feeding Northeast Florida Website for time.

In Florida, 2,768,480 people are struggling with hunger and of them, 819,370 are children, according to Feeding NE FL.

People facing hunger in Florida are estimated to report needing $1,540,830,000more per year to meet their food needs, according to Feeding NE FL.