The Clara White Mission’s 26th Annual “Feed the City” pre-Thanksgiving luncheon was held November 20, 2021 and proved to be a successful and festive community event that aligned with the non-profit organization’s programmatic measures to address the needs of Jacksonville’s vulnerable populations.
Low-income and homeless citizens throughout the Jacksonville community from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds spent an afternoon enjoying an outdoor dining experience. More than 75 volunteers served meals to 400 in need and offered free merchandise that ran the gamut of toiletry packets to bibles and clothing items. First Coast Barber Academy was on hand to offer free hair cuts, an act of service that allowed many clients to experience dignity and a strong sense of self-pride.
“I am proud of the Clara White Mission’s continued ability to provide a special meal for our client’s year-a-round but especially during the month of November when gratefulness and thanks are at a height,” said Ju’Coby Pittman, President/CEO of the Clara White Mission.
“This is a time when relatives and friends gather together, and we want everyone to feel like they are a valued part of the Clara White Mission family and Jacksonville community,” added Pittman.
On November 8, 2021, the Clara White Mission honored the 145th birthday of its founder Dr. Eartha M.M. White. As the organization celebrates its 119th year of service, “Feed the City” is one of many events that would make Dr. White beam with pride.
Amid breezy wind and a bright sun, music and entertainment added the perfect ambiance to “Feed the City” which ushers in December and a need for more services to assist clients throughout the holiday season. The Clara White Mission seeks to recognize vulnerable populations throughout the year and beyond.
Solicitations from the faith-based community, businesses and civic organizations are requested to help support a food drive. The general public is encouraged to please drop off non-perishable food donations at the Clara White Mission during a drive that began Monday, November 22nd and will continue through Tuesday, December 22, 2021. Pittman and the staff of the Clara White Mission thanks you in advance for your support.
Penny Dickerson 2021