Food Is Available For Clay County Families In Need At 'Pop-up' Sites
Food is available for Clay County families in need at several “pop-up” distribution sites.
John Ward, Clay County director of emergency management, said the human services section of his office has analyzed the needs of the community and is expanding operations to meet that need.
“So many Clay County residents have lost their jobs or been furloughed because of this health crisis. We are here to help them feed their families during this transitional time,” he said.
Food donations are being packed into seven-day family food boxes and taken to distribution sites including these locations:
- Celebration Church, 512 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park (Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon)
- Church of Eleven 22, 4459 U.S. Highway 17, Fleming Island (Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
- First Baptist Church Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg (Thursdays noon to 1 p.m.)
- Keystone Safety Net Alliance at McRae Elementary, 6770 County Road 315, Keystone Heights (Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
- The Springs Church, 317 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park (Fridays 11 a.m. to noon)
In order to receive food at these area pop up food distribution points, register at Alert.ClayCountyGov.com or call the Emergency Operations Call Center at 877-252-9362.
The Clay County Chamber of Commerce Foundation is partnering with the Clay County Emergency Operations Center to raise funds to purchase more non-perishable food items for families in need. To contribute to the county-wide effort, visit the Clay Chamber of Commerce Foundation or call the Emergency Operations Call Center at 877-252-9362 and ask about donating to the Chamber’s Emergency Food Distribution Campaign.
So far, contributions from the Clay County Fair Association, VyStar Credit Union, the Town of Orange Park, George and Ann Egan and the Egan Family Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida were used to purchase shelf-stable food for Clay County residents in need. The Winn-Dixie Gives Foundation learned about these donations and gave an additional supply of shelf-stable food for Clay County residents.