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



  • Abundant Life
  • 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
  • Kids First of Florida
  • Lake Area Ministries
  • Living Hope Baptist Church
  • Middletowne Apartments
  • Middleburg United Methodist Church
  • Maggie’s Meals
  • Orange Cove Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Orange Park Junior High – Student Charity Program
  • Orange Park United MethodistChurch
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church Green Cove Springs: Spanish Mission
  • Salvation Army
  • Springs Church
  • Giles Presbyterian Church
  • James AME
  • Luke’s Parish Outreach
  • Simon’s Baptist Church


  • Arlington Community Services
  • Ben’s Place
  • Casa de Alabanza
  • Catholic Charities
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Community Health Outreach
  • Community Life Ministry
  • Daily Growth Outreach
  • Deliverance Christian Center
  • Dominion Impact
  • Don’t Miss a Beat
  • Downtown Ecumenical Services Council
  • Eglise Evangelique Haitienne de Jacksonville
  • El-Beth-El 
  • Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Evangel Temple Assembly of God (Samaritan House)
  • Gateway of Deliverance Tabernacle (The Father’s Market)
  • Greater New Hope AME
  • Gospelers Ministry
  • Helping Hands Depot
  • Iglesia Evangelistica Nueva Esperanza
  • Jewish Family and Community Services
  • Kingdom of God
  • Life Changing Ministries
  • Lord’s House of Prayer
  • Mandarin Presbyterian Church
  • Messagiers Pour Christ
  • New Covenant Ministries
  • New Kingdom Harvest Church International
  • Presbyterian Social Ministries
  • Real Life End-Time Evangelistic Ministry
  • Right Direction New Life Church
  • Serenity Christian Fellowship
  • Spiritual Moving Bodies for Christ
  • Catherine’s Episcopal Church
  • Mary’s Episcopal Church
  • Matthew’s Catholic Church
  • Michael’s Charities
  • Strong Tower
  • Sweetwater Church
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Vision Christian Ministries
  • Youth Alternative Correctional Services


  • Baker County Ministers’ Association (Baker)
  • Bradford Ecumenical Services (Bradford)
  • Feed the Need of Putnam County (Putnam)
  • Just for Jesus (Putnam)
  • Pie in the Sky (St. Johns)
  • Starke Seventh Day Adventist Church (Bradford)
  • Monica’s Catholic Church (Putnam)
  • The Children’s Table (Alachua/Bradford/Citrus/Columbia/Dixie/Gilchrist/Marion/Levy/Suwannee/Union)


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 and group homes, 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

  • Bread of Life – Putnam
  • Calvary Baptist Church Middleburg
  • City Rescue Mission – Duval
  • Home Again St. Johns – St.Johns
  • Most Holy Redeemer – Duval
  • Soup Kitchen of Clay County: Green Cove Springs, Middleburg, Orange Park
  • Francis Soup Kitchen – Duval

Mobile Meals

  • Bethesda Outreach – Duval
  • Celebration Church – Clay
  • Circle of Hope – Duval/Clay
  • Cupbearers Ministry – Clay/Duval
  • Hippie Que – Duval
  • Laundry Love (Grace Episcopal) – Clay
  • Springs Church – Clay
  • Catherine’s Catholic Church – Clay

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


  • BASCA Men’s Homes & BASCA Women’s Homes
  • Blue Devil Morning Meal Initiative
  • Boy Scouts of America: Black Creek District
  • Clay Behavioral
  • Club Challenge
  • Council on Aging: Senior Centers of Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights, Middleburg, and Orange Park
  • House of Hope
  • Quigley House


  • Angelwood 
  • Camp I am Special
  • CEO (Children Enriched with Opportunities)
  • Disable Veterans of America
  • Evening Reporting Center
  • Girls Inc.
  • Hogar C.R.E.A. 
  • Kash Kids
  • Northwestern Middle School
  • The Pulse
  • River Region Human Services
  • Sober Living America
  • Westside Club of AA


  • 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
  • Sober Living America: Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner
  • St. Francis Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner

Holiday Events

  •  JP Hall Annual Christmas Party