Dining Out For Life® is an international event held in cities throughout the United States and Canada, but the impact of your contribution in Jacksonville stays here.
Local Event. Local Impact.
Funds raised through Dining Out For Life® Jacksonville support Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN) and the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to individuals/families impacted by HIV in Northeast Florida’s five counties; Duval, Clay, St. John’s, Baker and Nassau. NFAN is proud to be the producer and beneficiary of Jacksonville’s 19th year celebrating Dining Out For Life®.
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Dining Out For Life® Jacksonville is a day-long fundraising event on Thursday, April 25, 2024, where we invite the community to join us for a meal in support of helping others in need in Northeast Florida. By dining out, take-out, or having a dinner delivered, Dining Out For Life® Jacksonville participating restaurants will donate 25% or more of your bill to help fund the NFAN Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry.
It’s that simple – Dine Out. Give Back.
An essential resource for those living with HIV, the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry provided 21,000 meals to 523 individuals/families in 2022. NFAN has made the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry available to anyone with HIV, regardless of where they receive other services.
The woman behind the pantry. Mary H. Lewis volunteered at NFAN in 1990, found a necessity, and began the food pantry. Mary contacted grocery stores and restaurants to collect as much food as possible and organized the pantry for HIV+ individuals to access. This was especially important at the time because HIV medications had strict instructions on when and how to take them, often with harsh side effects. Having food readily available was crucial.
Today, the self-funded Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry is more in demand than ever. Grocery store prices are increasing, especially in Duval County, which is currently at the highest in the state at 20.1%*. To ensure the pantry remains available to assist individuals/families in the Northeast Florida HIV Community, NFAN relies on generous support through partnerships, restaurants, and volunteers of the Dining Out For Life® event to raise funds to continue the vision of Mary H. Lewis.
*Source: UNF Center for Nutrition and Food Security (May 2023)
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about Northeast Florida Aids Network (NFAN)
Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN) is the longest-standing AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in Northeast Florida, established in 1989. Staff and volunteers serve Duval, Baker, St. Johns, Nassau, and Clay counties. Our mission is to provide compassionate leadership, services, and advocacy in meeting the prevention, health, spiritual, and social needs of individuals, families, and communities. As long as there is a need, NFAN is committed to our mission and stands ready to serve the community.