by Shelby Durden
Jacksonville University Intern
Cliff Honiker is the recipient of the 2016 HandsOn Hunger Award.
Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) is a community effort to establish food security across 17 counties in Northeast Florida. Formed through a collaborative partnership between Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, FNEFL was founded in 2014 and has been growing substantially ever since.
The only way an organization like this can grow, is with the help of pivotal volunteers. To become a lead volunteer with FNEFL one must serve over 100 hours with the organization. In 2015 one volunteer went above and beyond and ended up putting in over 600 hours of service in a little over a year. His name is Cliff Honiker and he has made a lasting impact on FNEFL and the lives of many in the Jacksonville community.
Cliff’s hard work over the past year has translated to provide over 100,000 meals to the community this past year. He is trained to coordinate volunteer events and manages groups of volunteers in food sorting tasks at Feeding Northeast Florida. Not only has Cliff impacted the organization as an individual volunteer, but his leadership skills have motivated hundreds of people to do the same.
Being one of the lead volunteers, Cliff is responsible for the supervision of volunteer groups while they sort through rescued food and pack it for distribution into the community. He has an amazing work ethic that always pushes him to do more for the organization. Cliff always stays focused on the mission, no matter how much is asked of him. Because of Cliff thousands of meals will be given to the community and help establish food security in our community.
HandsOn Jacksonville is celebrating Cliff and other volunteers like him at the Celebrate GOOD Festival on Sunday, April 17th from 2-6 at Friendship Fountain. Register for FREE admission at celebrategood.org.