The Jacksonville-based regional food bank formerly known as Second Harvest North Florida has been renamed the Nourishment Network.
The new name and “new direction” will be announced Tuesday, less than a month after the food bank retired from Feeding America, a national network of food banks that goes by the name Second Harvest.
The Lutheran Social Services, which have run the food bank for 35 years, have decided to keep their food bank running without this national resource. The name change marks a return to the roots of the food bank – Nourishment Network was the original name in 1979.
“We created one of the first national models for successful regional food banks,” said Wayne Rieley, CEO and President of Lutheran Social Services. “We have been leaders in showing how you can bring a community together to solve hunger. We are now heading in a new direction. I believe this is the right path for us to continue as national leaders in this Area to act. ” crucial effort. “
Also on Tuesday, Rieley will unveil the restructuring of the food bank’s numerous outreach programs into a single operation. Existing food outreach programs include weekend food for high school students, post-school nutrition, mobile pantry, community gardens initiative, prenatal care, and US Department of Agriculture surplus food distribution programs and food stamps.
The streamlined operations will greatly improve services, improve food distribution to meet demand, and improve coordination and communication with the 400 pantry and nonprofit partners in the food bank’s 17 county service area, he said. These partners will receive £ 7,500 free meat at the event on Tuesday.
“Everyone who has depended on us for the past three and a half decades should know that we will continue to be here,” said Rieley.
The Lutheran Social Services expanded the original food network from a small pantry to a regional operation. Last year the food bank distributed nearly 24 million pounds of food.
The food bank had been a member of the national network since 1984. In February, Feeding America ended Lutheran social services citing more than a decade of non-compliance with inventory controls, records and facilities. In addition, the national network wanted the food bank to be an independent, self-contained operation and not one of the several ministries of the local agency.
The Lutheran Social Services appealed and then decided to split up. Feeding America officials, who recently announced plans to set up a new regional food bank in Jacksonville, could not be reached for comment on the local agency’s announcement.
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To donate, volunteer, or get more information about Lutheran Social Services’ food bank, call (904) 353-3663 and email [email protected] Go to wenourishhope.org. feedamerica.org.