See Santa, Watch ELF, and Feed Jacksonville
First ACT, the nonprofit Florida Theatre’s young professional networking group, presents the film ELF, to benefit Feeding Northeast Florida.
Admission is FREE for every adult and child with a gift of canned or nonperishable food.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Come early and have your picture taken with Santa, have some hot chocolate, a sweet treat and make an ornament at the crafting area.
Elf begins at 2 p.m.
Once Upon a Christmas Eve, An Orphan Baby Crawled Into Santa’s Bag of Gifts And Was Taken To The North Pole. Raised By Papa Elf, Buddy Comes To Realize He Doesn’t Fit In With The Other Elves. Determined To Find a Place Where He Belongs, Buddy Searches For His Real Dad In New York City. In The Big Apple, Buddy Finds Out Why His Dad Is On The Naughty List. But Most Importantly, He Sees That The World Is Seriously Lacking In Christmas Spirit, Which Causes Santa All Kinds of Problems. So With The Help of a Beautiful Department Store Elf, Buddy Tries To Teach His Dad And The World The True Meaning of Christmas Spirit And To Prove To Everyone That Santa Really Exists.
Movie admission is free with a donation of food.
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is the price of admission? The price of admission is a donation of food. At least one item per adult and per child, please. More is welcome. This is a great family event and an opportunity to teach young children and adults about philanthropy.
How are you able to offer this movie for free? We are able to offer this movie for free because Johnson and Lufrano has sponsored all of the theatre’s direct costs to staff and open the theatre. First ACT, the Florida Theatre’s young professional networking group, is volunteering their time to coordinate the event, and the Florida Theatre is absorbing the administrative overhead as a community service.
Where will the food go? The food will be received by Feeding Northeast Florida, our community’s food bank and a partner of Feeding America.
What food should I bring? Shelf-stable foods are best for the most people, from children over a weekend, to homeless persons with no way to prepare meals, to working families who need to prepare quick, but nourishing meals. Here are some suggestions:
Canned vegetables: corn, green beans.
Canned fruit: peaches, pears, mixed fruit.
Peanut butter in plastic jars.
Canned meats like tuna and chicken.
Macaroni and cheese.
Pop top cans of ravioli and spaghetti
Boxed items like macaroni and cheese, pasta, and instant potatoes.
How should food be packaged? Please do not bring food packaged in glass. It is not as sturdy as food packaged in cans, boxes or plastic containers.
Can I make a financial donation to Feeding Northeast Florida? Yes, of course. You can donate on their web site, www.feedingnefl.org, or bring a check payable to “Feeding Northeast Florida” to the movie and we will make sure it gets to the right place.
Who are Feeding Northeast Florida? Feeding Northeast Florida is our community’s food bank. They rescue food that would otherwise be discarded and use it to help the 1 in 6 people, and 1 in 4 children, who struggle with hunger in our area. As a partner of Feeding America, Feeding Northeast Florida will distribute nearly 21 million pounds of food in 2015, working with over 180 food pantries and partner agencies in a 17-county service area, with the help of over 6,000 volunteers annually. They are very efficient at this process. For every $1 donated, they can provide 7 meals. Further, they have reduced the cost of distributing a pound of food by over 57% in the last 18 months (from 23 cents per pound to 10 cents per pound). The “Snack Pack Program,” provides elementary and middle school children with a small bag of healthy food and snacks to get them through the weekend. A 25-week program can be provided for $125 per child.
Who benefits from these activities? While some people need year-round support, many people need temporary assistance to get them through a tough spot, like an illness, accident, death in the family, broken appliance or car. For those who live paycheck to paycheck, one unexpected incident can lead to having to make some tough choices. Here are a few statistics about the people served:
69% of households served have income at or below the national poverty level.
40% are working families; more than ½ reported at least one person in the home working within the past year; 57% of them are employed only part time.
20% have at least one family member who is serving or has recently served in the military.
29% are children under age 18.
15% are seniors over age 65.
20% are people with some type of disability.
59-69% choose daily between paying for food OR paying for housing, medical care, or transportation.
2,500 children in Duval County alone are on the wait list for the Snack Pack Program.