The Salvation Army in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County will continue USDA food box drive-through distribution at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
As the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases increase, along with continued unemployment, The Salvation Army in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County will continue USDA food box drive-through distribution at Ruth Eckerd Hall. This partnership providing food for those in need will continue. Food distribution was previously held in the morning, but will now be moving to 1 pm and continue until all boxes have been given away.
The partnership with The Salvation Army began in June as a way to expand food distribution in the community. Major Ted Morris, Administrator for The Salvation Army serving Upper Pinellas County, shares, “Ruth Eckerd’s venue has allowed us to serve more people efficiently and safely. Their staff as volunteers have been a Godsend. We are so thankful to Susan (Crockett) and her team.”
During the months of June and July, more than 3,500 boxes of food have been given to families in need. “On average, this equates to feeding more than 10,000 people,” says Morris. “This includes a foster family of 14 teenage boys who remind us how much growing boys can eat.”
Boxes contain a protein (typically pre-cooked chicken), milk, butter, cheese, fresh produce, and fruit. For more information call 727-446-4177 or visit www.SalvationArmyClearwater.org.
Food Distribution Information:
Drive-through food box distribution each Friday during August in partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall; boxes are pre-assembled and include fresh produce. Distributions continue every Friday on August 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. or until all boxes are distributed, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road.
The Salvation Army in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas needs support to be able to continue to provide needed services throughout this pandemic. To learn more and support The Salvation Army’s efforts visit www.SalvationArmyClearwater.org. For another great story of helping hands in Tampa Bay check out this Lightning Hero.
The Salvation Army’s Mission Statement:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.