Pack the Pantry, Fill the Fridge: Hubbard House is in Need of Food

 

How many people live in your home? Are there two, maybe even six people? Can you imagine what it would be like to have to feed a home of 80 people at one time? This is the reality for Hubbard House and food donations from the community are extremely important in regard to keeping our pantry stocked.

Hubbard House provides safe shelter to more than 1,000 victims of domestic violence each year and just like your home has the same basic needs. Currently, we are in need of non-perishable food and gift cards for perishable items such as meat, milk and eggs.

Examples of food items needed:

  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Instant Rice
  • Juice
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cereal/Cereal Bars
  • Canned meats and fish
  • Condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard)
  • Long-life milk (evaporated or dry)
  • Gift cards for perishable items

Click here to view the complete list of food items needed.

So, we’ve got the challenge, but do you have the goods? We know you do and here are some fun ways on how to gather them.

Fun and simple ways to host a food drive:

  • Setup Shop: Grab a box and visit your local stores, churches or businesses and set up a simple food drive drop-off point. It really doesn’t get any easier than this!
  • Subdivision Showdown: Setup a competition between department floors or office teams to see who can collect the most food. The winner gets bragging rights.
  • Capture The Cans: Host a cook out or party for family, friends or coworkers and charge guest a number of non-perishable food items to join in the fun.
  • From Peas to Pictures:  Bring out the inner Picasso in your staff by having them bring in non-perishable foods and then using their foods to create sculptures.  Award goofy or memorable prizes to the winning team that have a lasting impression on the staff.

So, you’re unable to make a food donation? Don’t sweat it! Hosting a food drive isn’t the only way you can help. You can also help pack the pantry through monetary donations.

Here’s a list of the various ways you can donate to Hubbard House:

  • Give a gift online through Network For Good.
  • Mail your tax-deductible contribution to: Hubbard House, Inc.,  Attn: Development, PO Box 4909, Jacksonville, FL 32201
  • Call (904) 354-0076 ext. 281 to make a donation over the phone or for more information about financial gifts.

If you are interested in organizing a food collection drive, through your place of employment, with your family and friends, or through your civic or church group please contact us at donategoods@hubbardhouse.org or 904-354-0076 ext. 301.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, Hubbard House can help. Please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic child care, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By Jasmine Dionne Williams

 

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