JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several local entities are coming together to provide essential food items to the victims of Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast.
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Mayor Alvin Brown announced Monday that Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie, Duval County Public Schools and independent authorities of the city will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items.
"Many people have been without power. Others have lost wages and some have lost their homes," said Mayor Brown in a news release. "I know the images on the news may stir some painful memories for those of us who have survived storms in the past, but those images say it all. There are people out there who need our help."
Canned goods, dry rice, pasta are among the items that will be accepted. Mayor Brown said bins will be stationed at City Hall and at the Ed Ball Building.
Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie will donate two tractor trailers worth of non-perishable canned and bottled foods and supplies to support the effort.
"As a leading food retailer, no societal problem is more aligned with our core business than hunger. As the hometown supermarket of Jacksonville, we are pleased to partner with Mayor Brown and the City of Jacksonville in response to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy," said Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie Chief Executive Officer Randall Onstead in a news release.
Bins and volunteers will be stationed to collect donations during the City of Jacksonville Veterans Job Fair on Friday and during the Veterans Day Parade on Monday, Brown said.
To kick off the drive, Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie President and CEO Randall Onstead announced that the company would donate two tractor trailers full of nonperishable goods.
Non-perishable food items can be deposited at the following locations. More may be announced throughout the week:
Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 - (Ongoing)
• City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., 32202
• Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., 32202
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 - (Ongoing)
• Jacksonville Public Library - Main Library, 303 North Laura St., 32202
• JTA - Rosa Parks/FSCJ Station, 201 W. Union St., 32202
• JEA - Tower lobby, 21 W. Church St., 32202
Wednesday, Nov. 7 - (Ongoing)
• Duval County Public Schools
Friday, Nov. 9 - 8:30 a.m.
• Veterans Job Fair, Prime Osborn Convention Center
Monday, Nov. 12 - 11 a.m.
• Veterans Day Parade, Prime Osborn Convention Center
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