“Ethan Murrow's drawing so clearly speaks to what we are working to accomplish at Feeding Northeast Florida,” said Luke Layow, president and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida. “Each year, 70 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States. Hunger is not a supply issue--it's a logistics issue. Last year, we rescued 15 million pounds of food and converted it into 12.3 million meals for hungry families, children, seniors, and veterans in our community. The need is great: one in six people in Northeast Florida is food insecure. We are proud to have Murrow as a partner. He is helping us raise awareness of this critical issue.”
MOCA Jacksonville is thrilled to collaborate with Feeding Northeast Florida and bring attention to the issue of food insecurity through art.
“Murrow's wall drawing and continued efforts to raise awareness highlight how art is a thread tying together diverse initiatives in the community,” said MOCA Director Caitlín Doherty. “It is the role of MOCA Jacksonville to spearhead such dialogues now and moving forward.”
Feeding Northeast Florida is establishing food security in eight area counties--Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns--through a partnership with 160 hunger-relief agencies including food pantries and faith-based organizations. A member of Feeding America, FNEFL rescues good, high-quality food to be distributed to neighbors in need. In 2016, FNEFL distributed 12.3 million meals. With an estimated 283,000 in Northeast Florida relying on area food pantries and charitable organizations for food assistance each year--a number that has not changed much since the 2008 recession--FNEFL's mission is even more critical today. To learn more about Feeding Northeast Florida, visit feedingnefl.org.
Don't miss Draw and Drink with Ethan Murrow on May 24.