JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Trinity Rescue Mission credits the response of the people Jacksonville with their successful food distribution event Monday morning.
Daniel Riddick said via email thanks to the response of the people of Jacksonville, the food bank had more food than they would for a normal distribution event.
On Friday, a call went out that the mission's food donation event planned for Monday morning was in jeopardy. First Coast News reporter Ken Amaro covered the story that evening. "Much of that (response) is due to the news your group (FCN) did," said Jim Kilpatrick, Executive Director of Jim Kilpatrick.
Matt Heavener said Friday this was the first time it had ever happened. The mission had 460 families dependent upon them for food and due to a logistical issue, the regular donor was not able to meet their needs.
The staff appealed to anyone who could donate to please do so. The donations poured in all weekend, including one truck driver who heard about the potential shortage from Facebook. He had 40,000 pounds of potatoes and nowhere for them to go. So he donated them.
Each family who arrived at Trinity Rescue Mission Monday left with 60-80 pounds of food donated by people on the First Coast. Food that staff said typically feeds the elderly and individuals living on a fixed income.
Heavener said by giving food to people living on a fixed income, it allows them to spend money on rent and utilities instead of having to use it to eat.
Trinity Rescue Mission is always taking donations. They are located at the corner of Jefferson and West Union streets in downtown Jacksonville. Their phone number is 355-1205. Click here if you would like to donate online.