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Feeding Florida; Council on Aging; Author Michael Wiley; 48 Hour Film Project

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Volunteers for Feeding Tampa Bay and other groups distribute food to the needy at the Hillsborough Community College Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Tampa, Fla


As the pandemic continues to rage throughout the state, tens of thousands of Florida residents have been cut off from the temporary unemployment benefits they had been receiving from the federal government. Congress has yet to come to agreement on a new benefit plan for the jobless.

If you’re having trouble finding the money to pay for groceries to feed your family, you are far from alone. Food banks in Florida are reporting increased demand as unemployment insurance ends.


Feeding Florida Executive DirectorRobin Safley joined us with more about how the state’s food banks are working to provide some critical help right now.


Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Council on Aging


Seniors are among the most vulnerable citizens in the pandemic we’re all living through. The Council on Aging of St. Johns County is getting creative in reaching out to this often isolated group. Michelle Sanchez, who runs the Integrative Memory Enhancement Program for the Council on Aging, joined us with details.

Author Michael Wiley


First Coast author Michael Wiley has won praise for his noir novels, some of which are set here in Florida, while others are set in his hometown of Chicago. His newest, Lucky Bones, is being released this month. If you’re looking for a great quarantine read, this is it. Wile joined us with a preview.

48 Hour Film Project

Jacksonville's 48 Hour Film Project competition kicks off next Friday, August 14th at Downtown's Hemming Park, with some new safety precautions. Festival co-producer, Monique Madrid, joined us with a look at will be different this year.

Heather Schatz can be reached at or 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?