We Didn’t Know What We Were Doing

Hunger Fight

When we launched in 2012, the idea behind Hunger Fight was simple – help everyone that we possibly could.

Sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?

But in reality, it wasn’t that simple. Yes, we were doing a lot, after all we had already packaged and delivered over 5.2 million meals, but we were doing little across Jacksonville. That in itself isn’t a problem. The problem is Jacksonville is HUGE. It’s impossible to make any type of real impact in the community when you're spread across the entire city. So, we had to figure out a way to do this.

This Simple Change Made All the Difference

In order to make an impact, and a real difference, on an entire community, we needed to give them all of our focus. After much consideration, we decided to choose the most affected areas of Jacksonville - Raines, Ribault and some pockets of Arlington which we felt could benefit the most. If we could change these areas, we can really make a difference in ALL of Jacksonville.

We selected six elementary schools in the Ribault/Raines area where we provide every child in need of a meal over the weekend for the entire year. We partner with other organizations, such as Lutheran Social Services to supplement their deliveries to the other schools in the same community. Through these services, and through the provision of our literacy program in these same zip codes, we are making a positive impact on the children we are serving.

Making a difference in a community requires team work. Without the support we’ve been blessed to have from local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals we wouldn’t be able to make the impact that we have been making.

The impact is now being seen and we’ve been lucky enough to start hearing some amazing stories from the teachers and administration. We’ll put them together and start sharing them. Here’s one of our favorite comments regarding a child’s delight in helping his family, “One child was overwhelmed with joy to bring home meals and contribute to his family.”