December 8, 2020

BEAM distributes Thanksgiving meal kits to families in need

By haziqbinarif

The Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, commonly referred to as BEAM, distributed 1,130 Thanksgiving meal kits to low-income families, exceeding its goal to assist 1,000 families this year through the Thanksgiving Basket Program.

With many local residents still struggling from the economic effects of COVID-19 disruptions, BEAM set a community goal to assist double the number of basket recipients in 2019. 

The kits were distributed with both delivery and “drive thru” style, in partnership with St. Paul’s Catholic Church at Father Murphy Hall in Jacksonville Beach.

The nonprofit encouraged the community to get involved by dropping off Thanksgiving meal kits with nonperishable food items and a grocery store gift card or sponsor a basket via its website. The community brought hundreds of pre-assembled baskets to Father Murphy Hall and raised about $27,000. Monetary donations helped BEAM purchase Thanksgiving food items in bulk and will assist the organization in keeping the food pantry shelves stocked through the holidays.

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