Just finished an interview with Robert @ First Coast News, Channels 12 and 25 respectively. I was given the privilidge of representing the Jacksonville area Food Relief Agencies & Food pantries or the NE FL Food Crisis Relief Team needs to their Northeast Florida audience. The clip should air today at 11pm.
Here is what we spoke about, and I thought it would be good if we could share it with others to help explain our current situation as we attempt to feed the hungry here in NE Florida.
I called it the “Quintuple Perfect Storm”
- 70% Nationwide drop in Grocery retailers’ donations– Supply Chain issues, Weather issues affecting harvests, Public stocking away food ” Panic Buying” as they see the economy tanking.
- Since 2020 the Absence of Large Donations– Public giving is down, Corporate giving dried up as attention was moved, due to the economy to other pressing needs.
- Infrastructure Breakdowns, Many of the trucks and vans were heavily used and now are in need of costly repairs, Worn out freezers and refrigerators, Re-roofing and general maintenance to facilities
- The Pandemic Delta & Omicron variants have increased the need as people are going unemployed and without work so no pay, Volunteers are few and far between among the Baby boom generation. The younger crowd are missing in action unless they get a ticket and need to do community hours.
- Worsening Economy Inflation has increased the burden on everyone as less can be purchased with the same dollar. Gas prices have hit the pantries and food banks hard because of the need for fuel to make pick ups and deliveries of donated food.
In general things are not going to get any better for Food Relief Agencies. I strongly recommend and support increased inter-agency sharing on all levels. Together we can continue to provide nutrition while helping maintain the dignity of those Hungry & Needy in the Northeast Florida area.
See interview here: https://youtu.be/zgs_ae732aw
Jose L Bosque, Director
NE FL Crisis Food Relief Team
It’s almost Christmas and things around the food banks and food pantries are hectic. Most agencies are having to close as grocery store donations are really down. Prices of all commodities have skyrocketed, and meat of any kind is no exception.
At the same time the streets are full of transient, homeless people of all ages. While the media debates the true figures, we on the front lines know better. This country has been rocked of center and it would not take much to send her off the cliff. People are on the move, some running from their past, others looking for a fresh start and a new job.
Let me tell you about Kendarious that’s his real name but that is not his real photo. Ken as he goes by called me Friday asking about our food pantry hours and I told him we would not be open till Wednesday and gave him the address and times of two agencies serving on the Northside on Saturday.
I thought I heard the Spirit saying to help him, but I wasn’t sure I get so many calls, but I could hear something different in his voice. Sunday came around and he called me again. He sounded really bad and said he needed emergency food because he hadn’t eaten in three days. I asked him why he didn’t get food on Saturday, and he said he had run out of gas.
His weakened voice worried me, so I asked him where he was. Turns out he was sleeping in the parking lot of the Little league field in his car because he was using the restroom there. I just said hold on I will be right there. I went to the pantry and made up a couple bags of food for someone who has no stove or a fridge.
I found him next to his car, wearing 3 sets of dirty clothes, hair all nappy and in need of food and a hot shower. He was young, something between 20 and 25 years old. He was quite surprised I came to him, so he asked who I was and why I came out to him. I told him, Kendarious I am just here for Jesus nothing else. all of a sudden, his tired eyes opened up and he began to tell me his story.
“I am on the run he said. Where I stay back in Alabama its full of drugs and I was afraid if I stayed any longer, I too would wind up dead or in jail.” I got no family, and nobody cares. I have a job nearby and I am going to walk to it Monday morning, but I won’t get paid for 2 weeks. Thanks for the food! “I gave him my card and told him to stay in touch.
I just sat there numb from hearing his pain and seeing his condition as he got back in his car to eat what I had brought him. Only about 5% ever contact me again but I knew I had done what the Lord wanted me to do. I hope he got to his job ok. I hope he gets some gas and I hope that I gave him a hand up.
These people don’t care who is President. They don’t care what you and your church believe about Christmas. They are just looking for love not judgement. He is a mess and who knows what he has done to get to the dead end he finds himself in, but he is God’s creation and my Lord died for him. I was created to be a solution this Sunday in his life.
It is tough when you preach one of those wordless sermons with your example and you are the first to respond to your own altar call.
So why do I share all this with you? For God’s sake quit the petty religious debates on Facebook and get out of the Amazon website long enough to consider a higher way and a more fruitful life. You are breathing for a reason and what you have was given to you for others. You are responsible and you will give an account someday.
It is my prayer that when that video of your life is played you will be able to hold your head up in joy!
Merry Christmas! Yes, I know the birth was probably in April. Get over it!
Jose L. Bosque
UPDATE: As I finish this article Kendarious just called He made it to work and gets off at 330pm. Wants to take me up on doing some work around here for some cash to get gas. Thank You Lord!
Its wintertime and that brings many visitors to Florida. Not all of them are driving quarter million-dollar Motorhomes and RV’s. Many are running from the weather due to homelessness. Jacksonville being the first large city on the I-10/95 Corridor is usually their first stop. Almost all are living out of their cars and sleeping in the parking lots of Walmart and other retailers who make up the River City Mall on the Northside of Jacksonville. Global Relief offices are located just 5 minutes from that location, and we are swamped by the great needs of the people from every walk of life.
These needs include everything from car repairs, food, money to refill prescriptions, gasoline, showers, and a place to wash their clothes. We do what we can with what we have but many times my heart breaks as I remember the days when we first arrived in this country. We have no requirements and we do not demand anything from them to get our help. I do not have time to judge people’ worthiness or to be upset because of their immigration status. People are people and needs are need. We have a saying here “we do not mind assisting the greedy to get to the needy.”
I confess I do not do well when I see a family coming for food with children all stuffed in the back of a car with all the families’ belongings. They don’t understand why dad lost his job, why they had to leave their home and why they will never see their school friends ever again. I make it a point to keep toys and chocolates for the little ones as I take care of their parents pressing needs.
These people do not need my sermon or opinions on homosexuality, cohabitating “shaking up “with each other, the dangers of drug use or any other of their visible sins. They need the manifested love of God demonstrated and lived before them by a follower of Christ. That’s it, period! Yes, I know doctrine and yes everyone I meet I lead to Christ, where else would I lead them? If they ask, I gladly share with them my walk with the Lord and why I do what I do.
Let me tell you about my number one question. It starts out like this, “I thought we were lost because we were looking for a church and this place looks like a home. Is this a Church? Are you a Pastor? My response is “Well, thank you for asking I say. If this was a church and I was a salaried clergy person, we wouldn’t have money to buy food and help you today.” The smile that follows is the reason we are still here after more than 30 years helping hurting humanity. To tell you the truth our motto of “People Helping People” just doesn’t fit in the minds of this contract-centered, tit for tat, helping others with an agenda society.
Lately food donations from groceries and other retailers across the US are down 75%. Meat donations have been hit the worst and as a result 5 of my freezers stand empty today. Would you like to help?
Call us at 904-434-0144
Our aim is Global, but it starts with one person at a time.
Jose L Bosque
We are proud to receive this award for the Best of Jacksonville Non-Profit organization. I always say that we should not look to be rewarded or appreciated for what we do down here on Earth.
” It is our pleasure to inform you that Global Capital Relief of Ne Florida has been selected as the Winner for the 2021 Best of Jacksonville Awards in the category of Non-Profit Organization. ”
I want to take time to thank the wonderful team the Lord has brought together!
You know how they say 1 picture is better than 1 thousand words! Here are the Pics from the event! Special Thanks to Health Fair Volunteers and Feeding Northeast Florida
For sure the Corona Virus caught us all off guard. One thing it didnt do was to confuse about our reasons and our desires for serving others. Recently to help each other, some of the Jacksonville Florida Feeding and Homeless assistance agencies have come together to better serve the poor and the needy.
We have visited each others place of service, coordinated extra food and created a new Facebook Group called the “NE FL Crisis Food Relief Team.” We are now in the process of publishing a new NE FL Feeding Calendar to help point the needy to places and times where they can get help near them.
Volunteer and join us as we seek to eradicate hunger in Northeast Florida.
VOLUNTEER or Call us!
Global Relief of NE FL
As you know I run a food Pantry out of our Parsonage that feed about 100-300 Families a month. Lat week I received an email from the Food Bank where we purchase our food that because of COVID 19 my 2 appointments for the upcoming week where cancelled and there would be no more meat available. I began to worry. Lord are you going to shut this Pantry down? Do I hold and keep what we have now for our family to eat?
They instead told me to come to the Food Bank and they would give us dry goods for free. When I arrived they gave me 50 10lb boxes and 100 lbs. of fresh corn on the cob. It was a lot for a 65yr old person to load, unload, sort and store but I got done around noon.
As I sat there sweating and tired I get a call from Tyson Food Manager saying they have a truck with 650 lbs. of Boneless Ham Steaks in Jacksonville that was sent in error and they need to donate it. For a minute I froze, Lord I cant unload from the street and carry back to the Pantry another 650 lbs. but I said yes I will take it. He took our address and said they would be there in 15 minutes. AS I sat there wondering how I would get the strength to unload it He calls me back. The Tyson Food Manager says he is sorry, but his driver has already reached his daily driving limit for the day and will not be able to deliver it till tomorrow. Hallelujah!
The next day without calling anyone the Lord sent two sisters to help me clean the freezers and store the Ham Steaks! That day I filled every fridge and freezer to the top. Those ladies were angels sent to help me.
The Food Bank called me the following day to begin a pickup at an Aldi’s, went there and picked up 150 lbs. of Salmon steaks and more chicken. AS I write this, I am full to the brim and giving food out daily as a drive up Pantry service to the needy.
God is good! He said to me I know where you are, I know what you do, I know your capacity and remember that I told you 32 years ago “Go my Son because I AM with you!
We have been working hard to help the Needy in the Jacksonville Florida area for one month! Over 200 families have been fed and its obvious there is more need than we originally planned for. We are in need of a truck or van (we are borrowing one now) to move our weekly refrigerated meats and produce. We also need to increase our budget to purchase foods at discounted prices.
For the skeptic, we know some of the people don’t really need our food but as my spiritual daughter Julia Reed says “We are willing to go through the Greedy to get to the Needy.” Much of who we help is hard working people who have large families and cant seem to make ends meet. They don’t or won’t qualify for welfare but life is just hard for them in this economy.
We are not begging, we are just informing. People with the gift of giving know what to do.
You can help today by passing the word out for the donated vehicle and /or going on Paypal and helping us “get ‘er Done” in Northeast Florida. Send to Servants5@aol.com or mail a check to;
Global Capital Relief
1030 Baisden Road
Jacksonville Florida 32218
God Bless & and thanks in advance for your support