COVID-19 Update: 4/22/20

COVID-19 Update: 4/22/20


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Jon, a BEAM Volunteer, helps load pallets of food onto the BEAM Food Bank truck, which will be taken to BEAM’s food pantries in Mayport and Jacksonville Beach.

Jon, a BEAM Volunteer, helps load pallets of food onto the BEAM Food Bank truck, which will be taken to BEAM’s food pantries in Mayport and Jacksonville Beach.


BEAM employee, Zee, stacks and wraps a large pallet of pre-packaged fresh produce, which will be distributed to partner agencies who serve high-risk seniors at the beaches.

BEAM employee, Zee, stacks and wraps a large pallet of pre-packaged fresh produce, which will be distributed to partner agencies who serve high-risk seniors at the beaches.


BEAM volunteer, Cindy, packs groceries on behalf of a food pantry client. BEAM’s food pantry appointments remain fully booked for the next few weeks.

BEAM volunteer, Cindy, packs groceries on behalf of a food pantry client. BEAM’s food pantry appointments remain fully booked for the next few weeks.


A BEAM client, excited to ride home after receiving fresh groceries at the Joseph Finegan Elementary School Mobile Food Pantry distribution last week. While he came to us to address one of his most basic needs, he left feeling grateful and optimisti…

A BEAM client, excited to ride home after receiving fresh groceries at the Joseph Finegan Elementary School Mobile Food Pantry distribution last week. While he came to us to address one of his most basic needs, he left feeling grateful and optimistic things would soon turn around.


BEAM Volunteer loads a client’s car with groceries during the Finegan Mobile Food Pantry last week.

BEAM Volunteer loads a client’s car with groceries during the Finegan Mobile Food Pantry last week.

BEAM’s Updates to the COVID-19 Pandemic as of 4/22/2020:

BEAM Sees Record Month in Emergency Assistance:

Even in the face of adversity, BEAM’s volunteers and staff continue to provide basic need services to families impacted by COVID-19. Just last week we assisted 37 more households with emergency April rent payment assistance, bringing the increase over last month to a staggering 170%.

Highlights from last week include:

  • Distributing nearly 10 tons of food to BEAM pantries and local partners in need

  • Providing food via Mobile Food Pantries to hundreds of individuals and families at Pablo Hamlet, Pablo Towers, St. Johns the Baptist Catholic Church and Joseph Finegan Elementary School

  • Assisting hundreds of BEAM food pantry clients

  • Transporting groceries to seniors for home delivery and conducting check-in calls to ensure safety and comfort

  • Conducting SNAP (food stamp) application help via trained volunteers virtually

How You Can Help:

  • Financial donations are keeping our increased needs met and food in the pantries. We continue to promote our “Virtual Food Drive” and encourage supporters to spread the word.

  • We have also recently seen individuals commit to monthly recurring gifts or sending in part or all of their stimulus check. Click here to visit our donation page.

  • We are no longer accepting food donations, but if you have items you’d like to donate, hang on to them until it is deemed safe to accept. We anticipate we will be able to collect these items and hold community food drives once the Mayor’s “Safer at Home” executive order is lifted.

  • 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 continue to visit our website and Facebook page for regular updates.

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