COVID-19 Update: 4/6/2020

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COVID-19 Update: 4/6/2020


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BEAM making a delivery to Pablo Towers in Jacksonville Beach

BEAM making a delivery to Pablo Towers in Jacksonville Beach


Pablo Tower's staff speaking with a resident about her needs and offering a per-packaged meal from BEAM

Pablo Tower’s staff speaking with a resident about her needs and offering a per-packaged meal from BEAM


BEAM client balances her pre-packaged groceries on her bike received during the Mayport Mobile Pantry, before riding home

BEAM client balances her pre-packaged groceries on her bike received during the Mayport Mobile Pantry, before riding home


Our food pantries are open for appointments! BEAM will come out to your car: 904-241-2326

Our food pantries are open for appointments! BEAM will come out to your car: 904-241-2326


Mayport Elementary School teacher hands out fresh produce and baked goods from BEAM to one of her students, after they picked up lunch from the school cafeteria

Mayport Elementary School teacher hands out fresh produce and baked goods from BEAM to one of her students, after they picked up lunch from the school cafeteria

BEAM’s Updates to the COVID-19 Pandemic as of 4/6/2020:

Last month, we assisted 69 total households with overdue bills. As of today, April 7, we have assisted 70 households with emergency rent assistance. 

We recognize this number will continue to climb, and are actively seeking funds to support this growing financial need.

In addition, we continue to provide food to our neighbors, and last week we distributed more than 16,000 pounds to families and local partners.

Just last week, we:

  • Conducted a “drive-thru” mobile food pantry at Oak Harbor Baptist Church and a “pop-up” pantry at Mayport Elementary School to assist families in the Mayport area

  • Provided pre-packaged groceries to BEAM food pantry clients, totaling more than 6,000 pounds of food dispersed

  • Dropped off meals and groceries for all residents of Pablo Towers, a senior subsidized living facility

  • Coordinated delivery of food to home-bound seniors via Beaches Dial-a-Ride and conducted weekly check-in calls to assess need for supplies and medications

  • Connected Beaches Community Kitchen with 235 pre-packaged senior meals in partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida and their new restaurant initiative

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.

  • We are exploring unemployment application help for those affected by recent job loss. If you or someone you know has experience with helping people file for unemployment, please let me know.

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

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 unsettling time.