Service Knows No Age Limit

 Victoria Johnston, 12, has been volunteering once a week at our food pantry for the last 3 years. An active Girl Scout, she has encouraged her Troop to donate several boxes of cookies to our food pantry. The cookies are a special treated for our families and everyone enjoys getting them.

In her own words, Victoria says "I work at UCOM because I love serving the community and helping to feed people who sometimes don’t get any food. Serving people and attending to their needs makes me feel amazing. Seeing people’s faces when they get their food reminds me every time that I do this all for Christ."

Together we can end poverty in our community!

Hunger knows no season. This is why our food pantry operates year-round. Qualified residents in need are able to pick up one week's worth of groceries up to 6 times per year. The Emergency Services Center also operates several special programs, including the Summer Lunch Program, School Supply Giveaway, and Christmas Party.

UCOM UrbanServ, Inc partners with Aging True to provide Meals on Wheels to home bound Senior citizens in our community. Over 90 volunteers dedicate over 175 hours to deliver meals and smiles 5 days each week. Our program is the largest volunteer driven Meals on Wheels program in Jacksonville.

Education is the key to ending poverty. UCOM offers a unique opportunity for qualified students to receive training to become Florida Certified Nursing Assistants. Since its beginning, the UCOM CNA Scholarship Program has provided job training for hundreds of students, many of whom go on to become Registered Nurses, therapists, and work in other healthcare careers.

Job training

UCOM UrbanServ, Inc

Rev. Terry Lucarelli

Terry is the Head Pastor at Lakewood Presbyterian Church and has served as the UCOM Board of Directors for 3 years.

Current needs


to end hunger and poverty in Jacksonville, one family at a time.

For more than 35 years, UCOM UrbanServ, Inc has worked tirelessly to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and under-served members of our community. Find out how you can help break the cycle of poverty for someone in your neighborhood through donations of money, food, and time. .

  • Non-perishable food donations
  • Most needed items are cereal, oatmeal, canned meat, peanut butter, rice, and dry beans
  • Financial support for operating expenses
  • Food pantry volunteers

Heather Mauney

Heather has been working as Executive Director of UCOM since October 2012.

Emergency Services Center

  • Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers
  • Financial support for building repairs
  • Advocacy for hunger and poverty issues in Jacksonville
  • Summer Lunch Program sponsors

Kristen Peterson

Kristine has been working as Meals on Wheels Coordinator since March 2015.

Meet Our Team

happiness can be found in helping others

Meals on Wheels