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FIRST COAST NEWS HELPS TO COLLECT OVER 17 THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD DURING THE HERO CENTRAL FOOD DRIVE

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011          

 

FIRST COAST NEWS HELPS TO COLLECT OVER 17 THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD DURING THE HERO CENTRAL FOOD DRIVE
                                  - Presented by Publix Super Markets

The final totals are in and no one is more thankful than the food banks served by Second Harvest North Florida and America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.  That's because thousands of First Coast residents joined in the Hero Central Food Drive, generously donating 17,667 pounds of food, providing 14,722 meals and helping to restock food bank warehouses.  Additionally, $2,500 cash was collected.  Every dollar donated provides seven meals to families in need -- totaling 17,500 meals.  That adds up to over 32 thousand meals!

First Coast residents brought food items to St. Johns Town Center, Orange Park Mall, the Shoppes at Murabella and various sites in Amelia Island and Georgia. The First Coast News team was out in force collecting food and broadcasting live during the two-day food drive, informing viewers about the very real hunger problem in our community.

Below is the breakdown of the 2011 Hero Central Food Drive totals:

 COUNTY                           Food Donations        Meals Provided 
                                                                                 (in pounds)     
 Clay County                            9,442                               7,868   
 Duval County                         6,296                               5,247   
 Glynn County                            175                                  146   
 Nassau County                         400                                  333   
 St. Johns County                    1,354                               1,128   
 TOTAL                                    17,667                              14,722   

First Coast News believes that items donated in a county should stay in that county.  The 17,667 pounds of food and $2,500 cash collected at the Hero Central Food Drive will provide 32,222 meals for hungry families on the First Coast, helping neighbors in need experience full pantries as well as full hearts this holiday season.

The "Hero Central Food Drive-Presented by Publix Super Markets" is a collaborative effort by Gannett-owned First Coast News, Publix Super Markets, Second Harvest North Florida, The United Way of Northeast Florida, Simon Properties, and America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.  In addition, a special thank you to the following companies who helped make this year's Hero Central Food Drive a great success:

• The Shoppes at Murabella
• IHOP - Brunswick, Ga.
• IHOP - Kingsland, Ga.
• Edward Jones Office - St. Simons, Ga.
• Nalley Automotive Group - Brunswick, Ga.
• Marche' Burette at the Shops of Omni Resort Amelia Island Plantation
 

Gannett broadcast stations are: W*USA, Washington, DC; WXIA, Atlanta; WTSP, Tampa-St. Petersburg; KARE, Minneapolis; WKYC, Cleveland; KPNX, Phoenix, KNAZ, Flagstaff and KMOH, Kingman; K*USA, Denver; KTVD, Denver; KXTV, Sacramento; KSDK, St. Louis; WZZM, Grand Rapids, MI; WGRZ, Buffalo, NY; WFMY, Greensboro, NC; WTLV and WJXX, Jacksonville, FL; KTHV, Little Rock; WBIR, Knoxville, TN; WCSH, Portland, ME; WLTX, Columbia, SC; WMAZ, Macon, GA; & WLBZ, Bangor, ME.

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For Inquiries, contact:
Bonnie Solloway 904-633-8882
bsolloway@firstcoastnews.com

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