Providing emergency assistance and a path to economic stability

About BEAM

Our Mission

Emergency Assistance & Economic Stability

We envision a future in which no Beaches resident goes hungry or is haunted by the fear of eviction.

Our mission is to provide emergency assistance and a path to economic stability.

Founded in 1985 by representatives of local churches who received many personal appeals for emergency financial assistance, The Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, or BEAM, was created to provide help in a coordinated way and to prevent duplication of services. Today the community support for BEAM has extended well beyond the faith community to include individuals, businesses, local organizations, and local foundations.


We are a 501(c)(3) community-based organization serving low-income residents living or working in Jacksonville’s beach communities and serve residents of the following zip codes; 32233, 32266, 32250, 32082, 32224, and 32227. We rely heavily on community support to assist our neighbors in times of need. To prevent homelessness, we provide emergency assistance to cover overdue rent and utility payments. To help families struggling with food insecurity, we operate two client-choice food pantries; one in Jacksonville Beach and one in Mayport. Our 6,500 SF “Grace Garden” supports our pantry operation by supplying several tons of fresh organic produce to our pantries each year.

In addition, we offer nutrition education, assistance with applications for SNAP benefits and Medicaid and case management for single mothers working to break the cycle of poverty. Our seasonal programs include Back To School with BEAM and other services such as Thanksgiving food. We also collaborate with many other service providers to ensure that clients receive coordinated guidance toward self-reliance.

BEAM At a Glance 2021

Solving Hunger

924,608 Meals distributed to local families facing food insecurity

Food Pantry

5,708 Visits scheduled at our food pantries in Mayport and Jacksonville Beach

Rent & Utility Assistance

$1,134,387 Spent on covering overdue rent and utility bills for families in need

Financial Assistance

1,468 Households helped with financial assistance

Some of the partners and donors who help us make a difference.