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First For You: Feeding the need this holiday season

6:34 AM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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As families all across the First Coast are getting ready for Thanksgiving, others are struggling just to put food on the table.

First For You, we are checking with local food banks to see what they need this holiday season.

The Executive Director of Second Harvest, Bruce Ganger, says the need has definitely increased over the last year.  Just last week Second Harvest gave away 2,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving dinners to families who otherwise could not have afforded it.

So what can you do?

Second Harvest says they will always take food donations, but they also could use monetary donations to buy additional food. Something else to keep in mind, all monetary donations are tax exempt.

Last year Second Harvest moved around 20 million pounds of food, this year they needed 23 million pounds of food.

"So if you donate there is a lot of grateful people that don't get a chance to say thank you, but they are out there and they are in your community," said Alex Hagans as he waited in the line for his family's turkey dinner.

So you can drop off food or monetary donations at Second Harvest located at 1502 Jessie Street in Jacksonville or donate through their

The Salvation Army is also looking for food donations, monetary donations and volunteers.  This Thursday they are expecting to feed around 600 people a hot, turkey dinner.  They are set for that meal, but the Salvation Army does a hot meal every night and could use more volunteers.

Specifically for food donations, the Salvation Army is looking for more canned meats.  To donate money or food you can drop by the Salvation Army at 900 West Adams Street in Jacksonville.

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