GOOD NEWS! Summer begins June 21st!

NOT SO GOOD NEWS: Hurricane Season Began on June 1st...
SnackPacks Feed Nassau's Hungry School Children
But Challenges Grow during Summer Months
    Thanks to Barnabas, a new collaborative project is taking a bite out of the problem of hungry school children This past school year brought the launch of the SnackPack program to Nassau County schools.  Thanks to grants awarded in 2016 by the Walmart Foundation and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, more than 9,000 lbs. of nutritious food was distributed to 328 local food-challenged school children this past school year. The more than 5,036 SnackPacks that were distributed contained "child-friendly" items like fresh fruit, granola bars and peanut butter. The food was purchased from Feeding Northeast Florida and delivered during the school year to Nassau County Public schools. Most of these children also participate and benefit from free or reduced school lunches Monday through Friday. The SnackPack program is meant to "bridge the gap" over the weekends and school holidays.

       Y. Michelle McGriff, Senior Director of Partnerships & Program Development at Feeding NE Florida, reports that each SnackPack weighs approximately 1.5 lbs. and contains enough food to provide two meals over the weekend. Locally, the SnackPack program is administered by Angela Mcclellan, Manager of the Families in Transition (FIT) program/Homeless Liaison, Nassau County Schools. Local teachers have identified the children with the most acute needs and have targeted this program for them.  She receives notes and emails regularly from the teachers and children's parents who report that the students are benefiting  greatly from this program.
    One such note reads, " Thank you so much for this program and the hard work you put in.  I have two students that look forward to their bags every week.  It is truly a blessing to them."       
     If you would like to help feed Nassau County's food-challenged children, please donate to Barnabas Center at or contact Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107.

Barnabas Awarded for Workplace Wellness
     Barnabas Center was awarded for its Excellence in Worksite Wellness (bronze level) by the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC) during their 9th annual luncheon held on May 10th.
     Lynne Starling, Barnabas' Volunteer Coordinator, oversees the agency's Wellness Program and was delighted to accept the award for the not for profit agency "
     Besides the obvious benefits of trying to achieve one's fitness goals, this program also serves to bring the staff together to achieve a collective goal, to be one of the area's healthiest companies," she explained.
     The FCWWC is an initiative of Healthy Jacksonville 2020. The mission of the Council is to improve the health of the First Coast community by sharing resources and providing guidance through our member businesses. This group was charged with impacting community health through the business community and to create a platform for local businesses to be recognized for excellence in worksite wellness.

Barnabas says "So Long" and "Good Luck" to one of New to You's biggest stars, Brittany Willingham, who will be relocating with her husband to Connecticut later this month.  Brittany has been with Barnabas Center since 2012. The growth of our Resale store is due in large part to her leadership and enthusiasm. Please come and visit us, if it gets too cold up north, Brittany! Best of luck to you and your husband.

When you shop at New to You, you are directly supporting Barnabas Center's many programs like Health Services & Crisis Assistance. Thank You!


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Our Special Event is Nov. 17th
Empty Bowls Sponsorships Available
Colin Campbell from WestRock popped in recently to Barnabas Center to reserve their Empty Bowls Platinum Sponsorship. We'd like to sincerely thank WestRock for their support!
Sponsorship's start at only $250!
Contact Tania at (904) 261-7000 for all the details
We Invite You to Discuss How
a Planned Gift Will Benefit Barnabas
Did you know we're here to help you protect your estate and support the causes you care about? Making a donation to Barnabas is a simple way to support programs and services that are consistent with your ideals and beliefs.And you may also gain a tax benefit from your planned gift.We would be pleased to help you name Barnabas as a beneficiary of your will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy or financial accounts. For more information about making a planned gift that would benefit the critical work of Barnabas in Nassau County, please contact Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107.

Help & Hope Report July 2016 - May 2017

  • New to You resale store aided 203 households in need of clothing and home goods
  • Barnabas helped stabilize 312 households with rent, mortgage & utility payments and provided 28 bikes through the Bikes for Barnabas program
  • Barnabas provided 223,779 pounds of food to 1,867 households
  • Barnabas instructed 48 households with cooking & nutrition classes through our Cooking Matters program
  • Barnabas Health Services treated 1,700 patients with medical, dental and mental health services
  • Barnabas provided crisis intervention services and counseling to 144 women through the Women's Health Initiative Nassau grant program

June 9-16th National Nurses Assistants Week
June 12th
Callahan Food Distribution
June 14th  Flag Day
June 18th Father's Day
June 21st First Day of Summer
June 28th Free Vision Screenings 9 am. "First Come-First Served"
July 8th
J McLaughlin Promotion 1-5 pm, Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Sept 17th
Great Chefs of Amelia Island Fundraising Event 6-9 pm the Ritz Carlton Ballroom
Nov 17th
Empty Bowls Fundraising Event
Atlantic Recreation Center
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Let's Go Shopping at  J McLaughlin
On July 8th from 1 to 5 pm, the clothing store,   J McLaughlin will make a donation equal to 15 percent of the sales for that period.

J McLaughlin is located at 90 Amelia Island Circle in the shops at Omni  Amelia Island Plantation. Want to view some of their stylish clothing? visit their website HERE
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What's New?
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you would like to see in this newsletter please let Jeff  know! 
  or call  
904-261-7000 ext 108.
Don't Forget Dad
June 18th is Father's Day and our Resale shop, New to You has plenty of men's fashion accessories including the always popular ...TIES!

 Here's the best part-for what you would spend on a tie for Dad at the mall, you can outfit Dad in a WHOLE SUIT! 
Food Distributions
Barnabas Center will conduct free food distributions in Callahan on the following dates throughout the spring:
June 12 & 26
These events are "first come-first served" and they last until all the food is gone.  The food will be distributed at the Callahan Fairgrounds located at 543378 US Highway 1.
Great Chefs Event Tickets are on SALE!

2017 is the 2nd year that Barnabas will return as the beneficiary of the The Great Chefs 2017 event. This super fun (and tasty!) competition/fundraiser will be held on Sept. 14th 2017 at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island from 6-9 pm. Two teams of skilled chefs will go head to head to create a delicious multi-course meal with the dessert course to be provided by the wonderful Ritz chefs.
For seating charts and additional information including ticket sales and details Please visit our charity-link at:
 Amazon & Barnabas
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Don't forget, Barnabas Center when you're internet shopping. Please visit our     charity-link to get all the details!