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Last Chance to Purchase Empty Bowls Event Tickets!

Purchase your Empty Bowls tickets today at before the event sells out! Seat reservations are still on sale for the third annual Barnabas Empty Bowls fundraiser at Atlantic Recreation Center on Monday, November 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Seat reservations are $30 and in addition to a delicious lunch, you'll get a free handcrafted bowl to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls remaining in our community and in the world. 

A big thank you to our Presenting, Platinum, Gold & Silver level sponsors!


Additional gratitude is expressed for the support of the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, est. 2015


November Q&A: New Barnabas Nassau Snack Pack Program with Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer

This month we're pleased to announce the launch of our new Nassau SnackPack program, which will provide supplemental food to 240 low-income children, ages 5-17, on Fridays during the school year. The children have been identified as the neediest, and are currently homeless or at eminent risk for homelessness. 

Why is Barnabas starting the Nassau SnackPack program?
The Nassau SnackPack program addresses the critical issues of childhood hunger and food insecurity in our county. Food insecurity impacts cognitive development among young children and is linked to poorer school performance. These 240 children represent the most vulnerable and economically challenged students in Nassau county's school system.

What will the children receive in their packs each Friday?
The child-friendly SnackPack will include five-eight pounds of food, including pop-top canned fruits and meats, peanut butter, healthy cereal and trail mix bars, low-sodium crackers, soups and always a piece of fresh fruit. 

How was this much-needed program funded?
Barnabas developed the Nassau SnackPack program thanks to donations from the Walmart Foundation and Bank of America, and in partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida and the Nassau County School System. To volunteer to help with this program, please contact Lynne Starling, Volunteer Coordinator, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 118.

Holiday Food Drives and Donations Abound ... Thank You!

In addition to the following community food donations that are underway and completed, Barnabas Center will be purchasing food for 500 Thanksgiving bags, which will contain a complete holiday dinner for a family of five. We are very thankful to David's Restaurant for purchasing the turkeys for our Thanksgiving bags! The other contents for the bags were funded by community donations. Bags will be distributed starting November 8. Contact Robert Peck, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 
 (904) 261-7000 ext. 121, for more information.

Food Donations Underway

The Amelia Island Plantation Community Association, the Omni Amelia Island Resort and the Amelia Island Club are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive through Nov. 15. Collection centers for non-perishable food are located at the AIPCA/Castle Group office at 5542 First Coast Hwy, Suite 400; Ocean and Long Point Clubhouses, and Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate office. 

The Publix Food Sharing Program provides an opportunity for customers to show they care by donating to those less fortunate. The local Publix program will run from Nov. 3-23, and will benefit Barnabas. 
Southside Elementary's One Can food drive continues on Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, and on Dec. 2, as part of the school's monthly spirit day. Students are asked to donate one can of food for the Barnabas Food Pantry on the first Friday of each month, which was extended to five days of giving in November due to the hurricane interruption. 
The Amelia Island-Nassau County Association of Realtors is hosting its eighth annual food drive through Nov. 7. Drop off donations at the Association office, 910 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach.

Feeding Northeast Florida delivers dry and canned dog and cat food as part of our regular weekly food delivery to the Barnabas Food Pantry. We, in turn, donate a portion of the pet foods to Nassau Humane Society for additional distribution. Barnabas understands that pets are important parts of families and can provide great comfort in stressful times.


Thank You For These Recent, Generous Food Donations:

The Northeast Florida Fair Food Drive donated 3,563 pounds of food from fair attendees on Oct. 17. The Rivers Edge Church volunteers, lead by Pastor Gerald Wollitz, helped gather, box and load the food donations. 

The Nassau Community Band, a multi-generational community ensemble of 50 musicians, performed at Prince of Peace Church on Oct. 13. Attendees donated 212 pounds of food, which fed eight local families.

Little Women's Group conducted their annual Halloween food drive for Barnabas and delivered more than 222 pounds of food.

Amelia Island Photography collected and donated 167 pounds of canned food on October 31 during their annual Halloween photo event.

Cooking Matters Class Starts Nov. 9

The next six-week Cooking Matters course starts Nov. 9 and it's packed with nutritional education and hands-on cooking instruction. The goal of the program is to help low to moderate income families learn how to prepare affordable meals that are tasty and healthy. Classes are free and fun! For more information, contact Robert Peck, Food Pantry and Cooking Matters Coordinator, at  (904) 261-7000 ext. 121.

Welcome Angie Hunt, Manager, New to You Resale Store

We are happy to welcome Angie Hunt as the new manager for our Barnabas New to You Resale Store located at 930 South 14th Street, at Jasmine Street. Angie has been in retail since she was a teenager and has managed several Amelia Island shops. She has lived in Fernandina Beach for more than 22 years, and is proud to be a part of Barnabas and the New to You team. Angie is excited about plans to expand the store's community events and holiday activities that will invite even more shoppers of all ages into New to You. To volunteer or make a donation, contact Angie at (904) 321-2334. 

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.

Barnabas New to You Resale Store

November brings new activities and lots of sales!  For the first time ever the Barnabas New To You Resale Store will be open the day after Thanksgiving.  Special Black Friday hours will be 8am-3pm.  We will have Flash Sales EVERY hour and refreshments will be available for our shoppers! 

Please visit our Facebook page and request a copy of our Sale Calendar the next time you are in the store.  We have some GREAT sales planned for November.

December will bring even more activities and of course, more sales! Santa will be visiting and Santa's Workshop will be open every Saturday so children can shop for their loved ones.   

Thank you for shopping at the Barnabas New To You Resale Store where your donations and purchases support all Barnabas social service programs. Shopping is a win-win!

Did you know New to You has its own newsletter? Stay up to date with all things New to You by signing up here

Help & Hope Report July-October 2016

  • New To You resale store aided 101 households in need of clothing and home goods
  • Barnabas helped stabilize 136 households with rent, mortgage & utility payments and provided 15 bikes through the Bikes for Barnabas program
  • Barnabas provided 73,867 pounds of food to 1,282 households
  • Barnabas instructed 10 households with cooking & nutrition classes through our Cooking Matters program
  • Barnabas Health Services treated 911 patients with medical, dental and mental health services
  • Barnabas provided crisis intervention services and counseling to 68 women through the Women's Health Initiative Nassau grant program 
Upcoming Events
November 9th                         Cooking Matters Begins
                                                Barnabas Food Pantry

November 14th                       Empty Bowls Luncheon
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.             Atlantic Rec Center       

November 29th                       Volunteer Orientation
1:00 p.m.                                 Barnabas Conference Room            
December 5th                          Open House Holiday Party 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.               Barnabas Center


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