Canned or Dry Food collected will benefit St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Pantry Bag Program. The food can be donated at Station 1 (behind High Tech and Hardee’s) at 506 Chinabee Ave. in Jacksonville between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the drive.
The Pantry Bag program donates bags of canned or dry food to those in need in the Jacksonville area, a week or so before Christmas to alleviate hunger during the holiday season.
“We the members of JFD and JPPFA always want to help the needs of our community. It’s always great to Pay it Forward and help those that we protect especially during the holidays,” said David Bell, president of Local 3948.
This year, the firefighters are teaming up with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to distribute the food on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the church, located just off the southeast Public Square in Jacksonville. Every month, Jacksonville State students from Canterbury Club, St. Luke’s campus ministry, give away free beans and rice as pantry-fillers to people in need. In December, the students join with the Daughters of the King women’s spirituality group to add a grocery sack of goods to the rice and beans.
“Our college students have been giving away food every month for three years now,” said the Rev. Michael Rich, the priest at St. Luke’s. “It connects them to the needs of the community, and it’s an eye-opening experience for them. It’s exciting to match resources with the firefighters to help even more people.”
The food collected will be distributed on or around Saturday Dec 14 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. For more information on the Pantry Bag Program, contact: Rev. Michael Rich 256-435-9271 or 256-452-2885. For more information regarding donations of canned or dry foods contact: David Bell at David.Bell@jaxfire.org or 256-310-8961.