Empty Crafted Bowls Nets Tens of Thousands for Area’s Hungry

Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) hosted its annual signature fundraising event, Empty Bowls, welcoming more than more than 250 community leaders, partners and supporters at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The event raises funds and awareness of food insecurity on the First Coast and throughout the eight counties the organization serves.

Featured speaker was Jocelyn Turner, Project REACH Director who provided an in-depth view of how hunger affects children. Guests received a simple meal of bread and soup, along with a handcrafted bowl, provided by DCPS art students, teachers and other local artisans that served as a powerful reminder of all the empty bowls in our community.

Historically, this event has raised more than $100,000 to benefit the food bank’s programs which provide food and resources to individuals and families in need.
within its service area.
More than 240,000 people are affected by food insecurity on the First Coast, equating to approximately one in seven adults and one in five children. Currently, the food bank estimates it serves 85,000 people per day, more than 25% of whom have never sought charity food previously.
For more information, make a donation, or volunteer, visit feedingnefl.org.
Each $1 donated helps provide six meals for those in need.

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