June 22, 2015
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PGA Tour Pro Billy Horschel weighed recovered food from Winn-Dixie store No. 2303 during “Drive Out Hunger Day,” before it was delivered to a local food pantry to help feed more than 400 North Florida families. ​

Winn-Dixie shot a “hole-in-one” with longstanding food bank partner Feeding Northeast Florida during PGA Pro Billy Horschel’s “Drive Out Hunger Day,” May 29 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The goal was to raise $46,000 in one day, which equates to the amount of money needed to feed those who rely on food banks in 17 counties for a single day.

Prior to “Drive Out Hunger Day,” Horschel, the defending PGA TOUR FedExCup Champion and resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, raised $9,000 toward the goal by donating money to the food bank for each “birdie” and “eagle” he scored during THE PLAYERS Championship last month. A “birdie” is one stroke under par and an “eagle” is two strokes under par.

“Drive Out Hunger Day” started early in the morning as Horschel hit the road with Feeding Northeast Florida’s delivery truck to pick up rescued groceries from Winn-Dixie store Nos. 2601 and 2603. The donated food from the two stores included meats, deli items, cakes, produce and dry goods that were past their sell-by dates but still good enough to eat.

“We consider Winn-Dixie one of our best partners in creating solutions to hunger,” said Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO Bruce Ganger. “This was a great opportunity to highlight their commitment to those who struggle to feed themselves and their families. I’m truly grateful for their participation in the day.”

After he helped the food bank weigh the recovered food at the stores’ loading docks, Horschel greeted and took photos with associates to thank them for their support of local hunger relief. They then loaded up the truck went to a scheduled food distribution at The Worship Center, a local Feeding Northeast Florida partnering food pantry, to distribute food to more than 400 individuals and families in need.

At the pantry, Florida House Representative Mia Jones read an official proclamation from Mayor Alvin Brown, which declared May 29, 2015 as “Drive Out Hunger Day.” The day culminated with a check for $46,043 from Horschel’s family, friends and supporters, which helped Feeding Northeast Florida to exceed their financial goal and fuel their efforts to put food on local tables.

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Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO Bruce Ganger, Representative Mia Jones and PGA Tour Pro Billy Horschel along with food pantry volunteers, pose with $46, 043 check donated by the Horschel family, friends and supporters to exceed their goal for “Drive Out Hunger” Day and help feed the local community.

Drive Out Hunger Inset 2.jpgPGA Tour Pro Billy Horschel helps load a cart of recovered food for a woman in need at The Worship Center.

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