Who We Help

Waste Not Want Not helps groups ranging from large shelters serving thousands of meals a week, food pantries handing out groceries to hundreds of families, church groups feeding dozens of homeless people in the woods, to mentors providing snacks to a handful of children in afterschool programs.  There are several ways our recipients use the food they receive which include Food Distribution, Food Service,  and Special Events.


Many organizations help the less-fortunate by providing them with groceries rescued by Waste Not Want Not.  Those listed in italics receive food weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  The rest receive food as needed or as available

Food Pantries, Food Banks, Service Agencies


  • Advent Lutheran Church (Orange Park High School Food Pantry)
  • Calvary United Methodist Church
  • Challenge Enterprises
  • Clay County Emergency Food Assistance Program 
  • Clay County Homeless Outreach
  • Council on Aging: Senior Centers of Green Cove, Keystone Heights, Middleburg and Orange Park
  • Episcopal Children’s Services
  • Evangel Temple South West
  • The Father’s Heart Ministries
  • The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet of Orange Park
  • The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs
  • Good Samaritan Church
  • Henderson Haven
  • Lake Area Ministries
  • Middletowne Apartments
  • Middleburg United Methodist Church
  • MPWC  Backpack Program
  • New Hope Baptist Church
  • Orange Cove Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Orange Park Junior High – Student Charity Program
  • Orange Park United Methodist Church – Food Bank
  • Pinewood Presbyterian Church Mercy Ministry
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church Green Cove Springs: Spanish Mission
  • Salvation Army
  • St. Giles Presbyterian Church
  • St. James AME 
  • St. Luke’s Parish Outreach
  • St. Simon’s Baptist Church


  • Arlington Community Services
  • Ben’s Place
  • Casa de Alabanza
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chosen of God
  • Community Health Outreach
  • Daily Growth Outreach
  • Dominion Impact
  • Don’t Miss a Beat
  • Downtown Ecumenical Services Council
  • Edward Waters College Community Services
  • Eglise Evangelique Haitienne de Jacksonville
  • El-Beth-El
  • Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Evangel Temple Assembly of God (Samaritan House)
  • Family Promise
  • First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
  • Gateway of Deliverance Tabernacle (The Father’s Market)
  • Gospelers Ministry
  • Helping Hands Depot
  • Holy Ghost Ministry
  • The House of Prayer
  • Iglesia de Dios Amor y Misericordia
  • Iglesia Evangelistica Nueva Esperanza
  • Jacksonville Church of Christ
  • Jewish Family and Community Services
  • Joint Heirs Christian Center
  • Kingdom of God
  • Keys to the Kingdom Ministry
  • La Hermosa Church of God
  • Life Changing Ministries
  • Lighthouse Christian Fellowship
  • Mandarin Presbyterian Church
  • Messagiers Pour Christ
  • Morning Glory Christian Fellowship
  • New Covenant Ministries
  • Pure Love Ministry
  • Serenity Christian Fellowship
  • Springs Church
  • St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
  • Sweetwater Church
  • The Liberty Center
  • Tomorrow’s Harvest
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Trinity Rescue Mission
  • La Union de Mexicanos
  • Vision Christian Ministries
  • Youth Alternative Correctional Services


  • Baker County Ministers’ Association
  • Bradford Ecumenical Services
  • Feed the Need of Putnam County
  • Flagler Estates Community Improvement Association (St. Johns County)
  • Just for Jesus (Putnam County)
  • Pie in the Sky (St. Johns County)
  • Starke Seventh Day Adventist Church (Bradford)
  • St. Monica’s Catholic Church (Putnam County)
  • The Children’s Table (Alachua, Marion & Levy Counties)


Some groups use food received from Waste Not Want Not to prepare food which is then served ready-to eat at  permanent locations such as missions, places used occasionally to feed the hungry such as church soup kitchens, or on the streets and in the woods where it is distributed to homeless people.  Those listed in italics receive food weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Missions & Soup Kitchens

  • Soup Kitchen of Clay County: Green Cove Springs, Middleburg, Orange Park,
  • Calvary Baptist Church Middleburg
  • Cupbearers Ministry – Duval
  • City Rescue Mission – Duval
  • IM Sulzbacher Center – Duval
  • Most Holy Redeemer – Duval
  • St. Francis Soup Kitchen – Duval
  • St. Francis House – St. Johns
  • Trinity Rescue Mission – Duval
  • Bread of Life – Putnam

Mobile Meals

  • Celebration Church-Clay
  • OP United Methodist Church – Soul Food Ministry – Clay
  • St. Catherine’s Catholic Church – Clay
  • Seniors on a Mission – Duval/Clay
  • Springs Church – Clay
  • Circle of Hope – Duval/Clay

Small Groups:  Homes + Meetings + Day Centers + After School Programs


  • BASCA Men’s Home & BASCA Women’s Home
  • Blue Devil Morning Meal Initiative
  • Boy Scouts of America: Black Creek District
  • Clay Behavioral
  • Council on Aging: Senior Centers of Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights, Middleburg, and Orange Park
  • House of Hope
  • Mercy Support Services: Transitional Houses
  • Middletowne Community Outreach Tutoring Program: Grace Anglican Church
  • Quigley House


  • Angelwood
  • Biltmore Elementary
  • Hogar C.R.E.A.
  • The Pulse
  • Prisoners of Christ
  • River Region
  • Sober Living America


  • Kairos Prison Ministries – Baker, Columbia, Florida State Prison West, Putnam, Union
  • Communita Cenacolo: Saint Vincent de Paul Farm, Mary Immaculate House – St. Johns County


Most of the groups that receive food from Waste Not Want Not do so on a regular basis to fill an ongoing need in our community.  But we also provide food to organizations for special events addressing a particular community need such as back-to-school backpack handouts, Special Olympics, and Homeless Outreach Programs.

Waste Not Want Not has been a proud contributor to the Empty Bowls luncheon for many years.  This annual event, at which guest receive a modest meal of soup, bread and a cookie, raises money for the Salvation Army of Clay County’s rent and utilities assistance programs.  Local celebrities serve the soup prepared by a restaurant and the bread and cookies provided by Waste Not Want Not.  Guests also select a bowl from the many beautiful items handmade by local students.

From mid-October through the end of the year, Waste Not Want Not stocks the freezers of local churches, food pantries and even schools that will be delivering Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to those in need.  Waste Not provides these groups with a pie and a package of dinner rolls (and other items as requested if available) for each basket.


Holiday Baskets

Waste Not Want Not provided pies, rolls, breads, and gifts for >600 baskets filled and delivered by

  • Life Changing Ministries
  • Pinewood Presbyterian Church
  • St. Giles’ Presbyterian Church
  • St Luke’s Catholic Church Outreach
  • St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
  • St. Paul’s Catholic Church
  • Vision Christian
  • VFW Middleburg
  • Youth Alternative Correctional Services

 Holiday Meals

  • Clay County Soup Kitchens
  • First Baptist Church (O.P.):  Feast of Plenty Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Prisoners of Christ: Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner
  • Sober Living America: Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner
  • St. Francis Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner

Holiday Events

  •  Home for the Holiday
  •  JP Hall Annual Christmas Party
  • Middletowne Community Outreach: Grace Anglican Church: Holiday Party