Welcome to dining out for life® Jacksonville!

Celebrating 18 years IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA!

Each year, more than 50 local HIV service organizations partner with 2,400+ participating restaurants, 4,100+ volunteers, and 300,000+ diners to raise over $4.5 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada. Best part? All funds raised through a city’s Dining Out For Life® event stay in that city to provide help and hope to people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS. Dining Out For Life® Jacksonville FL is celebrating its 18th year helping NFAN and the HIV community in Northeast Florida. This annual one-day fundraising event invites the community to dine out, take out, or have a meal delivered from one or more of our participating restaurants on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Participating restaurants will donate 25% or more of their sales to NFAN, which helps fund the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry to help those in the Northeast Florida HIV community.

About the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry

Healthy eating is the most important thing you can do if you live with HIV. That is why NFAN created the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry,  open to anyone living with HIV, no matter where they get other services in Northeast Florida.

In 1990, Mary H. Lewis volunteered at NFAN and started the food pantry. Mary contacted grocery stores and restaurants and collected every food she could. She organized the pantry and set in place the way that HIV+ individuals could receive food. At that time, the available HIV medications had strict instructions about taking medication so many hours before, after, or with food. The medicines also sometimes had harsh side effects, like vomiting and diarrhea. With these obstacles, having food on hand was even more critical.

Fast-forward to today, with the increasing cost at grocery stores and Duval County being at the highest in the state at 20.1%*, the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry is in demand more than ever.

Through the help of the Dining Out For Life® Jacksonville FL event, NFAN can ensure the pantry available to assist the Northeast Florida HIV Community.

* source UNF Center for Nutrition and Food Security (09/2022)

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Partnering with us is easy; we do all the marketing for you! In addition, your partnership helps Dining Out For Life® Jacksonville / NFAN put on this annual event that raises funds for the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry

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On Thursday, April 27, 2023, invite your friends/family to dine out and take out from one or more of our participating restaurant partners. They will donate 25% or more of your bill directly to NFAN’s Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry.

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Being a DOFLJax Ambassador is rewarding and FUN! Please invite your friends, family, and coworkers to participate in Dining Out For Life® and encourage them to give.

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Donate and help NFAN continue funding for the Mary H. Lewis Food Pantrywhich helps with food assistance to the HIV community in Northeast Florida.

Dining Out For Life Jacksonville event registration is underway, and we look forward to having your business and/or restaurant a part of Dining Out For Life 2023. Contact us today!

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Welcome to Dining Out For Life® Jacksonville’s Virtual Table with Fork and Spoon. It’s quick and easy. Donations can be accepted here at any time. Click the photo to be redirected to PayPal to place your secure donation.

Tell your friends and thank you for joining Fork and Spoon for Dining Out For Life® as we raise funds for Northeast Florida AIDS Network Mary H. Lewis Food Pantry.

Hungry for More? Check out the Dining Out For Life® Jacksonville website www.nfanjax.org/DOFLJax

Dining out for life Jacksonville team

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Stephen Jones

DOFLJax Event Coordinator

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Austin Browning

DOFLJax Event Partnerships

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Pat Godboldt

Ambassador Coordinator

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Dawn Lopez

DOFLJax Spokesperson

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Derrick Odom

DOFLJax Spokesperson

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about Northeast Florida Aids Network (NFAN)
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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.

Dining Out For Life

Northeast Florida AIDS Network

2715 Oak Street

Jacksonville, FL 32205
Contact Person: Stephen Jones

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