COVID-19 Update: 7/9/2020

COVID-19 Update: 7/9/2020


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The 26th annual Back to School with BEAM event will be hosted “drive thru” style at Neptune Baptist Church on Saturday, August 1st, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. School supplies, clothing vouchers and other items will be available for bea…

The 26th annual Back to School with BEAM event will be hosted “drive thru” style at Neptune Baptist Church on Saturday, August 1st, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. School supplies, clothing vouchers and other items will be available for beaches area families with pre-school to high school-age students. Click here to learn more.


Active military families line up along A1A in Mayport, during a mobile food distribution at Jacksonville USO.

Active military families line up along A1A in Mayport, during a mobile food distribution at Jacksonville USO.


Last month, our partners at Builders Care volunteered to build an outdoor ramp for a senior client with disabilities. The client was part of our Senior Services Program, which provides case management to beaches area seniors allowing them conti…

Last month, our partners at Builders Care volunteered to build an outdoor ramp for a senior client with disabilities. The client was part of our Senior Services Program, which provides case management to beaches area seniors allowing them continued independence and a path to self-sufficiency.


BEAM Food Bank employee, Conner, unloads fresh groceries during a delivery to seniors living at Pablo Hamlet this month.

BEAM Food Bank employee, Conner, unloads fresh groceries during a delivery to seniors living at Pablo Hamlet this month.

Florida Among Hardest Areas Hit by Impact of Pandemic  

As you know, Florida remains in a state of emergency. We continue to see a rise in positive cases and our neighbors are still feeling the financial effects of COVID-19. 

 In June, we assisted more than 235 families with emergency financial assistance needs.

While this number is lower than the total number of families assisted in May, we are already seeing a surge of clients in need of JEA relief as the local utility company announced it will begin shutting off electricity for truant customers.

From April to June, we have protected 714 local families from experiencing homelessness, a 260% increase over last year.

I also want to share with you a recent nationwide survey that was conducted by the census bureau. The Household Pulse Survey tracks information related to household employment, food scarcity, housing stability and other metrics. This survey shows that the state of Florida is one of the hardest hit areas in the U.S. due to the pandemic.

What’s the good news? 

 The good news is that BEAM is here to help.

 To further support this work and BEAM’s other integral emergency assistance and case management programs, please click here.

Thank you for being a champion for so many of our beaches neighbors who struggle to make ends meet.


Highlights from April, May
and June:

  •  Kept 714 families in their homes, a 270% increase over last year

  • Distributed more than 220,833 meals to beaches area neighbors

  • Conducted weekly check-in calls to seniors to ensure safety and comfort

  •  Delivered pre-packaged groceries to the elderly and other vulnerable neighbors

  • Supplied food to our partners at Beaches Community Kitchen, Chabad at the Beach, Feeding Northeast Florida, Hubbard House, the Jacksonville USO, Mission House, St John the Baptist Catholic Church and more

  • Harvested fresh and local 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 these stressful times.