Continue to Help Feed Local Families
Organizations Combine Efforts to Meet Increased Request for Food
The Salvation Army, the nation’s largest social services organization with more than 7,600 service locations across the country, continues efforts to meet requests for food. Supplementing The Salvation Army’s Wednesday distributions with the Ruth Eckerd Hall Friday distributions ensured that more than 3,000 hungry families received food during the month of June. Ruth Eckerd Hall will continue to partner with The Salvation Army to host food distributions each Friday in the month of July.
While The Salvation Army continues to conduct free drive-through food distribution events every other Wednesday at its Social Services campus in Clearwater, the property can only accommodate so many vehicles at a time due to limited parking lot space. This led the organization to reach out to Ruth Eckerd Hall to begin additional weekly drive through distributions on Fridays that could accommodate more people due to their parking lot size.
“Ruth Eckerd Hall was amazing in their support of The Salvation Army June events,” said Major Ted Morris, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County. “In addition to providing the perfect venue, they donated staff for security, traffic flow and food distribution. We could not be more blessed.”
The Salvation Army, in partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall, resumed drive-through food distribution events at 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater on July 10 and will continue on July 17, July 24 and July 31 beginning at 7:30 am until all items have been distributed.
To comply with CDC guidelines, recipients must be in a vehicle and stay in their vehicles during the distributions. Food boxes will contain milk, cheese, protein and fresh produce, as well as shelf-stable food.
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 their efforts, please visit www.SalvationArmyClearwater.org. For more things happening in Destination Tampa Bay check out an upcoming visit by Mindi Abair here.