By Lynn Jones – People struggling to put food on the table received a little relief this weekend at two food giveaway events on Jacksonville’s northwest side.
With the continued threat of Covid-19 and unemployment claims at an all time, local organizations continue to be of service to the Urban Core.
This past weekend, Councilmen Reginald Gaffney and Sam Newby continued their weekly initiatives to feed the under-served on the Northside. A food distribution drive-by was held in conjunction with Northeast Florida and held in the Pearl Plaza Shopping in the Brentwood Area. Also on the weekend’s giveaway agenda was the EBI Community Market. EBI, is the African name for family and is the initiative of Wallace Empowerment family and woman owned organization, created to make a change in the community to provide healthy eating and affordable living options.
EBI works closely with the zip codes known as food deserts.
The distributions and drive-ins were all “non-contact,” with recipients and donors picking up and donating from their vehicles. The distributions require recipients to arrive in a vehicle to receive fresh produce, non-perishable canned goods, canned proteins and water.
They were provided on a first come first serve basis.
Shown is volunteers’ distributing food at Pearl Plaza; while EBI CEO Shannon Denson hands a food bag to unemployed resident Lanshan Jenkins.