29 Apr COVID-19 Update: 4/29/2020
BEAM’s Updates to the COVID-19 Pandemic as of 4/29/2020:
BEAM’s Financial Assistance Demand Soars
This month we’ve kept more than 230 beaches residents in their homes and expect to provide critical support to an additional 20 before Friday, May 1. This represents a 208% increase over last month.
This staggering demand has caused us to more than triple our emergency assistance budget.
To help close this gap, we’ve launched the Keep Their Homes Campaign in partnership with Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond, St. Johns County Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker and other beaches elected officials.
The goal is to raise $50,000 to fund rent for 150 beaches residents by May 15. The first $20,000 donated will be matched dollar for dollar. Click here for more information.
Highlights from last week include:
Distributing more than 23,000 pounds of food to BEAM pantries and local partners in need
Partnering with Feeding Northeast Florida to provide comprehensive groceries for families at Finegan Elementary School and Mayport Elementary School
Coordinating the distribution of two-week “Senior Quarantine Packs” for Beaches Community Kitchen seniors as part of their meals on wheels program
Providing thousands of pounds of food to our partners at the Jacksonville USO, Mission House, Hubbard House, St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church and Chabad at the Beach
Harvesting produce from BEAM’s Grace Garden including yellow squash, green beans, carrots, beets, lettuce and radishes to supplement BEAM’s food pantries
How You Can Help:
Help us spread the word about our new Keep Their Homes Campaign as we work to ensure no beaches resident becomes homeless due to financial hardship brought on from COVID-19.
We continue to promote our Virtual Food Drive as financial donations are keeping our increased needs met and food in the pantries.
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 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.