COVID-19 Update: 4/14/2020

COVID-19 Update: 4/14/2020


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BEAM Volunteer loads groceries and meal kits for seniors and high-risk individuals, unable to leave home, into the Beaches Dial-a-Ride bus. These groceries will be delivered to our client’s home, free of charge, from BEAM’s Jacksonville Beach Pantry.

BEAM Volunteer loads groceries and meal kits for seniors and high-risk individuals, unable to leave home, into the Beaches Dial-a-Ride bus. These groceries will be delivered to our client’s home, free of charge, from BEAM’s Jacksonville Beach Pantry.


BEAM employee, Suzie Chisholm brings groceries out to a client on her bicycle at BEAM’s Mayport Pantry, and supplies extra bags with handles, so the client can balance the groceries on her bicycle before riding home.

BEAM employee, Suzie Chisholm brings groceries out to a client on her bicycle at BEAM’s Mayport Pantry, and supplies extra bags with handles, so the client can balance the groceries on her bicycle before riding home.


BEAM Volunteer loads a client’s car with groceries at BEAM Jacksonville Beach Pantry.

BEAM Volunteer loads a client’s car with groceries at BEAM Jacksonville Beach Pantry.


The beginning of a line of cars wrapping around Oak Harbor Baptist Church parking lot in Mayport, as clients wait for the BEAM Mobile Food Pantry to open to customers. Cars were backed up on A1A, eager to receive meals for their families effected by…

The beginning of a line of cars wrapping around Oak Harbor Baptist Church parking lot in Mayport, as clients wait for the BEAM Mobile Food Pantry to open to customers. Cars were backed up on A1A, eager to receive meals for their families effected by COVID-19.


BEAM volunteers load groceries into the trunk of a car during a BEAM Mobile Food Drive in Mayport. BEAM is now offering “drive-thru” style pick-up from Mobile Pantries to ensure the safety of clients and volunteers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

BEAM volunteers load groceries into the trunk of a car during a BEAM Mobile Food Drive in Mayport. BEAM is now offering “drive-thru” style pick-up from Mobile Pantries to ensure the safety of clients and volunteers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

BEAM’s Updates to the COVID-19 Pandemic as of 4/14/2020:

To date, we have assisted 102 households with emergency financial assistance for April rent payments, representing a 50% increase over the month of March.

Highlights from last week include:

  • Distributing more than 13 tons of food to BEAM pantries and local partners in need

  • Assisting hundreds of BEAM food pantry clients and transporting groceries to seniors for home delivery

  • Aiding military families by providing baby food to the Jacksonville USO

  • Providing Finegan Elementary School families goods including Cinotti’s bread and Atlantic Beach Urban Farms lettuce

In the News, BEAM’s COVID Response Profiled Here:


How You Can Help:

  • We are no longer accepting food donations, and encouraging supporters to make a donation to our “Virtual Food Drive” allowing us to buy food in bulk and minimize personal contact. Please share information about this to your networks.

  • Remember our thrift stores and thrift donation drop-off area are closed until it is safe to reopen.

As you know, these circumstances change frequently and we continue to make adjustments to serve our beaches area community. Please visit our website at www.jaxbeam.org and Facebook page for regular updates.

Every day we learn of more people who have had their lives drastically changed by COVID-19 and need our help. Please continue your financial support to BEAM, so that we are able to respond to the food and financial assistance needs of beaches area individuals and families.

Thank you for your support to provide beaches area individuals and families hope and help during this difficult time.