The Salvation Army in Northeast Florida has shifted its daily meal ministry to provide meals from a field kitchen located outside of their Center of Hope facility in Downtown Jacksonville. The Meal Ministry program provides hot, nourishing meals for families and individuals in times of need every night of the year.
Bag lunches are also being provided to those who come to the food pantry for supplemental assistance. Each week, 250 income-eligible households are served through the food pantry, and the need is expected to grow over the coming months due to economic hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We appreciate the dedication of our staff going above and beyond their normal duties and schedules to serve others during this unprecedented time. We are following stated guidelines to protect our clients as well as our staff from exposure to the COVID-19 virus,” says Major Keath Biggers, Administrator for The Salvation Army serving Northeast Florida.
“We are also working closely with other community nonprofit agencies and the Mayor’s Task Force on homelessness for a unified best plan of action to serve the vulnerable population. As always, we appreciate the continued support of our friends, donors and volunteers that enable us to “Do the most Good, to the most people, in the most need.”
To ensure the safety of volunteers, staff, and recipients, no more than five individuals at a time are allowed entry into the food pantry. Volunteers are required to wear gloves while serving; hand sanitizer and handwashing stations are available on site.
Projected impacts on the economy and workforce will likely force more Americans to seek rental, utility, and other forms of assistance.
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