Delicious Destinations, Jacksonville’s Premier Food & Wine Event, benefits St. Vincent’s Community Outreach Programs. The St. Vincent’s Foundation is a faith-based charity that strives to meet the health needs of the sick and poor, continuing a journey by The Daughters of Charity that started more than 100 years ago in our community. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Delicious Destinations benefit St. Vincent’s Community Outreach Programs, which provide access to free medical care for underprivileged children, men, and women throughout the five county area. These ministries serve our most vulnerable citizens–the poor and disadvantaged, the underserved, and the uninsured.
One such program is the St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, which began in 1991 as one “doctor’s-office-on-wheels.” Today, the program consists of five units that provide necessary immunizations, health screenings, school physicals and diagnostic testing to underserved children and families in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. This outreach ministry focuses on three areas:
- The Rural Outreach Ministry that serves men and women who work in the agricultural fields in Putnam and St. Johns Counties
- The Urban Outreach Ministry reaches out to the working poor and the homeless in poor neighborhoods of Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties
- The Pediatric Outreach Ministry provides adolescents attending 24 schools in Duval County with free access to medical care
Medical needs range from detecting and treating chronic illnesses like asthma, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions, to common ailments like respiratory infections, nutritional problems and hearing, vision and dental issues. St. Vincent’s is the only provider of hospital-based, community health outreach in the area, serving the working poor and migrant farm workers in North Florida annually. Many of our celebrity chefs have supported our event particularly because it benefits the migrant farm workers, who are providing local produce for our area, and their children.
We invite you to join us in this important work by offering a gift of support today.