Beaches Democratic Club will hold a “Soup Kitchen” fundraiser at its Nov. 17 meeting where a panel of representatives from local charitable groups will provide a comprehensive review of Duval County and Beaches area programs to assist the poor. The program offers a unique opportunity to understand how local agencies respond to the needs of the poor and to learn about volunteer opportunities for those efforts.
Servings of soup and corn muffins will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center, 2004 Forest Ave. A suggested minimum donation of $5 for a bowl of a favorite soup prepared by the club’s board members will go to the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, which provides financial, food and other assistance to people in need. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or two to fill boxes for the local food bank pantry.
Panelists will include Cindy Funkhouser, president and CEO of the Sulzbacher Center in downtown Jacksonville, which each year helps hundred of homeless, many of them veterans, get back on their feet and into permanent housing. Before joining Sulzbacher Center in 2009, Funkhouser headed BEAM during which time she worked with the downtown agency to establish a Beaches health clinic for the homeless.
Other panelists will include representatives from BEAM; from Feeding Northeast Florida, which works with 17 North Florida counties in providing food assistance; and from Mission House, the only day facility at the Beaches to help the homeless and which served 24,000 meals last year. Mission House is renovating and expanding its Jacksonville Beach facility at 800 Shetter Ave.
2004 Forest Ave
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
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