COVID-19 Update: 6/3/2020

COVID-19 Update: 6/3/2020


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A client waits in line during the Oak Harbor Food Distribution, which is still “drive thru” style. 2,590 lbs of food were distributed in an hour.

A client waits in line during the Oak Harbor Food Distribution, which is still “drive thru” style. 2,590 lbs of food were distributed in an hour.


A line of cars wait to receive groceries during the Oak Harbor Food Distribution.

A line of cars wait to receive groceries during the Oak Harbor Food Distribution.


Oak Harbor Baptist Pastor David Tarkington directs cars during the Oak Harbor Food Distribution last week.

Oak Harbor Baptist Pastor David Tarkington directs cars during the Oak Harbor Food Distribution last week.


BEAM Thrift Shetter is now open! Come stop by and see our new set up to promote social distancing. We ask that all customers please wear a mask when shopping in the store.

BEAM Thrift Shetter is now open! Come stop by and see our new set up to promote social distancing. We ask that all customers please wear a mask when shopping in the store.

May Requests for Assistance Continue Unabated 

As we enter June, I have staggering May numbers to share with you. We were able to keep 280 families in their homes during this very difficult time, a 330% increase over this time last year.   

With this level of support comes great financial burden as we have increased our program budget by 5x.

In May alone, we provided more than $130,000 to keep families in their homes to ensure safety and stability. This is why the Keep Their Homes Campaign is so important. With an original goal of $50,000, the community need quickly surpassed our anticipated budget increase.  

To date, we have raised more than $68,000 through this campaign to help families cover their rent or utility bills. While the city has made steps to reopen, our neighbors are still feeling the financial effects of COVID-19. Many have been furloughed, laid off, and/or struggle to find jobs. 

Highlights from last week include: 

  • Distributing nearly 25,000 pounds of food to BEAM pantries and local partners in need  

  • Providing 9,490 pounds to the Jacksonville USO for active military families and 2,590 pounds to Mayport families at the Mayport Elementary School/Oak Harbor Baptist Church food distribution  

  • Conducting weekly check-in calls to 76 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, Beaches Community Kitchen and  McKenzie’s Academic Resource Center in Portside 

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

  • Continuing to provide case management virtually to Single Parent Program participants and nutrition counseling to Paths to Wellness clients with chronic diseases 

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.