COVID-19 Update: 6/24/2020

COVID-19 Update: 6/24/2020


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Volunteers load groceries and produce into the back of client cars during BEAM’s Mobile Food Pantry at Joseph A. Finegan Elementary School in Mayport last week, “drive -thru” style. Over 6,500 lbs of food were given to local families experiencing fo…

Volunteers load groceries and produce into the back of client cars during BEAM’s Mobile Food Pantry at Joseph A. Finegan Elementary School in Mayport last week, “drive -thru” style. Over 6,500 lbs of food were given to local families experiencing food insecurity in less than two hours.


Last week, five volunteers from the US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville sorted 3,500 lbs of protein in preparation for the mobile food distribution at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mayport, which serves approximately 250 families t…

Last week, five volunteers from the US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville sorted 3,500 lbs of protein in preparation for the mobile food distribution at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mayport, which serves approximately 250 families twice a month.


The nonprofit Renewing Dignity, recently donated 5,040 tampons and 3,500 pads for BEAM food pantry clients. As you may know, feminine hygiene items are not covered by SNAP Benefits (aka food stamps).

The nonprofit Renewing Dignity, recently donated 5,040 tampons and 3,500 pads for BEAM food pantry clients. As you may know, feminine hygiene items are not covered by SNAP Benefits (aka food stamps).

BEAM Provides Beacon
of Hope  

Since the beginning of March, BEAM has provided rent and utilities assistance for more than 750 households and distributed more than 200,000 meals to local families. 

While we have ensured safety and stability for our beaches neighbors for the past 35 years, local residents and workers need our help now more than ever before.   

Below is just one story of a beaches resident affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.  

 After being laid off from her job at a local Beaches Town Center establishment, Tiffany fell on very hard times. With no answer from her manager on when the store would re-open, Tiffany feared homelessness and reached out to BEAM for help. 

 “Being unemployed for an unknown amount of time is a scary thing to go through, and with your help, I felt much more calm and that things were finally going to be OK,” said client Tiffany. “Thank you for helping me pay my rent and utilities during COVID-19. I am so grateful to you all.”   

  BEAM launched the Keep Their Homes Campaign inspiring many supporters to help cover rent and utility bill payments for individuals like Tiffany. To support this important work and BEAM’s other integral emergency assistance and case management programs,
please click here


Highlights from last
week include:

  • Distributing more than 22,000 pounds of food to BEAM pantries and local partners in need   

  • Providing nearly 5,000 pounds to the Jacksonville USO in the form of dry goods, milk, meat and pet food for active military families  

  • Providing meals and groceries to Jacksonville Beach’s two subsidized senior living facilities, Pablo Hamlet and Pablo Towers  

  • Conducting weekly check-in calls to 80 seniors to ensure safety and comfort while they continue to ‘Shelter in Place’ alone  

  • Delivering pre-packaged groceries to seniors in need of food  

  • Supplying food to our partners at the Mission House, Hubbard House, St Johns the Baptist Catholic Church, Chabad at the Beach and Beaches Community Kitchen  

  • Harvesting produce from BEAM’s Grace Garden to supplement the BEAM food pantries  


How You Can Help: 

  • Help us spread the word about our Keep Their Homes Campaign as we work to ensure no beaches resident becomes homeless due to financial hardship because of COVID-19. 

  • 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. 

  • Shop at our BEAM thrift stores and/or drop off donated items to our 7North location at 318 7th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, 32250. For information, visit: https://www.jaxbeam.org/beamthrift 

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 at www.jaxbeam.org  and Facebook page for regular updates.  

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