By Caitlyn Gudmundsen, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, which is helping supply food to its neighbors.
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida has served the Jacksonville community for more than 40 years, providing programs that support those “facing hardship stabilize their lives and earn a fresh start.” One of those programs is Hunger Relief, which was the first initiative operated by the non-profit. The Nourishment Network is a small food pantry that has fed hundreds of thousands of food-insecure families for decades, and has stepped up with the increased need due to the recent economic downturn.
When COVID-19 hit the United States and the economy took a downturn, LSS realized that there was an influx of food insecure families who had recently lost jobs. LSS drew on its partners and resources to meet the increased need, and saw the community heed the call to help. Community members have donated and delivered carloads of food to families, and made monetary donations. Local businesses also donated, like Simply Healthcare, which provided 1,000 canvas bags to easily and sustainably transport food. Thanks to the generosity of the community and commitment of LSS to supporting families in need, LSS was able to distribute eggs, milk, meat, cucumbers, beans, watermelon, and dry goods to 200 families in the community just last week.
Thank you to Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida for supporting food security in your community, and to the generous community members who make that support possible!