The Community Safety Net Fund was created in late 2008, when the Jessie Ball duPont Fund invested $1 million to establish the fund and The Community Foundation, the City of Jacksonville and other donors invested another $600,000 to alleviate the soaring demand for food and shelter due to the recession. By spring 2009, all contributed funds had been distributed through grants to organizations serving the needy in Jacksonville.
By spring 2010, it became apparent that the impact of the recession had not abated. The number of people using food stamps was at an all-time high for Duval County and shelters and food pantries reported continuing record levels of demand. In response, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund invested $500,000 to reopen the fund, and The Community Foundation raised an additional $566,499 from other donors.
Private foundations making major gifts to the fund in 2010 included: The Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust, the Henry and Lucy Gooding Endowment, the Weaver Family Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation and the David Stein Charitable Trust. Corporate donors included Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation and Bank of America. And the City of Jacksonville contributed $100,000 to the fund. For a listing of the most recent Community Safety Net Grants click here.
The grant recipients are participating in focus groups called "SWAT TEAMS" to work together to find solutions for common issues in their field. The Food SWAT Team is facilitated by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund offices and is led by Sally Douglas.
Join the Hunger Swat Team today to show your support for fighting hunger in Jacksonville.