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Food Supply Chain; Frances Bartlett Kinne; Opioid Crisis; Traders Hill Farm

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Shelves that usually hold an abundance of chicken and beef lay empty at a Target in Abington, Pa., Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic is sparking growing concerns about the nation’s food supply chain, particularly with shortages of meat, but also with other items.

And, it’s getting to the point where some consumers are starting to feel the effects not just at grocery stores, but also at restaurants. 

Joe Cline of Cline’s Custom Meats in San Marco; Brittny Lowrey of The Happy Grilled Cheese; and Katie Delaney, the Fresh Access Bucks Program Manager for Feeding Florida, joined us.

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Frances Bartlett Kinne

Jacksonville lost a legend this weekend. Chancellor Emerita and former Jacksonville University President Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne passed away Sunday at the age of 102. Karen Mathis of the Jax Daily Record joined us for a look back at her legacy.

Opioid Crisis

Jacksonville saw a staggering 20% increase in overdose calls in February and March. While COVID-19 continues to be top of mind among the Jacksonville community, it’s evident that the opioid crisis continues on at alarming rates.  So, what can we do during this time when our resources, like in-person treatment and safe disposal programs, are limited?  Kathleen Roberts, executive director at Jacksonville’s Community Coalition Alliance, joined us with some advice.

Traders Hill Farm

Traders Hill Farm in Nassau County has come up with creative ways to get its produce to people who need it most right now in this pandemic. We spoke with the farm's Tracy Nazzaro.

Heather Schatz can be reached at hschatz@wjct.orgor on Twitter at @heatherschatz.


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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?