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First Coast Be A Hero Food Drive Underway

9:52 AM, Jul 18, 2009   |    comments
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  • St. Johns Town Center, HERO Food Drive
  • St. Johns Town Center, HERO Food Drive
  • St. Johns Town Center, HERO Food Drive

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The First Coast is responding to the call to Be a Hero and help hungry families in our area.

People are dropping off non-perishable items at several locations across the First Coast, including the St. Johns Town Center, the Orange Park Mall, and the I-95 Toyota/Scion in Brunswick.

The donations will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

So far, people already have donated 25 thousand pounds of food.  Second Harvest says it's enough to create 17,000 meals.

The donors are from all walks of life.  Two toddlers showed up with their little red wagon full of canned goods.

Another set of youngsters set up a lemonade stand.  8-year-old Julia Dellaporta, 6-year-old Bailey Daigle, and her 10-year-old sister, Hanna, have made more than $50 so far.  Panera Bread says it will match what the girls earn.

"We just want to help," said the girls.  "We did this money chain, and this year we're going to start in September."  The girls raised $600 for mammograms last October.

"It helps people and I love doing it," said Julia.

"I like to come and do this because people really need me and it's really fun for me, too," added Hanna.

"I like it because it's fun for me and it helps people get food that need it and I get to be with my friends," smiled Bailey.

"We love doing this.  This is one of our favorite things.  We do garage sales, all sorts of things.  Sometimes we give the money to sick people."

Business located at the St. Johns Town Center are also getting involved. Here is a list of extras at the St. Johns Towncenter:


Distributing coupons for a $2.00 cold beverage of the customer's choice (any size) for donating a canned good item.

Natural Body

Anyone that donates will receive a 5 minute chair massage.


Drop Off Location: For every canned good item donated - the customer will get entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card (i.e. 1 can = 1 entry, 2 cans = 2 entries, etc.).


Drop Off Location: For every canned good item donated - the customer will get 5% off - up to 25%.

Cantina Laredo

Drop Off Location: For every guacamole dip purchased, Cantina will donate 1 canned good item.

Smoothie King

Distributing samples and coupons

The Grape

Distributing samples and coupons

Free Items for Volunteers:


Donated bottled water for volunteers.

Homewood Suites: Donated the ice for the bottled water. ?

Renna's Pizza

Will be giving away pizza and providing lunch for the volunteers on Saturday.

Healthy Way

Will be passing out smoothies, wraps and snacks for the volunteers.

The food drive runs from 5 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday; and 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

Be sure to watch First Coast News beginning at 5 p.m. and Good Morning Jacksonville Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. for complete coverage.

Some area fire stations are collecting donations as well.

Click here for more information.

First Coast News

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