Upstream is a program designed to give young professionals the opportunity to impact the Jacksonville community by addressing challenges in education, economic stability and community health, leading to positive, long-lasting change.
“Food Fighters: Student Powered Hunger Relief,” one of the 2017 competition winners, has partnered with Northeast Florida Aids Network (NFAN) and the University of North Florida (UNF) to accomplish their goal to decrease food waste on campus. To accomplish this, Food Fighters founders Courtney Hogan and Brianna Ballard work directly with the UNF Osprey Café to recover food and donate it to NFAN on a weekly basis. So far, they recovered more than 2,000 pounds of food from UNF. In addition, they deliver ready-to-eat foods to the Sulzbacher Center on Fridays since NFAN is closed on weekends.