Now to a Positively Jax story ... Many of you are fortunate enough to have plenty of food in the fridge...enough money to pay your electric bill or rent. But not everyone has the resources to pay their bills every month. While there are a lot of organizations that offer help in downtown Jacksonville- people who live at the beach have trouble GETTING to those resources. That's where BEAM ...beaches emergency assistance ministry- comes in. To offer food... and financial assistance to the working poor. 3 . 3 00-0523-2853-58) SO LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT WE'VE GOT.) Sharon McBee is picking out groceries- for her family at this food pantry in Jacksonville beach.) WE HAVE SOME MAYONAISE UP THERE, OH MAYONAISE.) McBee never needed help until she was given custody of her three grandchildren...) BECAUSE WE'RE ON A FIXED INCOME AND MY HUSBAND'S RETIRED.) Making it harder to provide for more people in the house...like- 2 year old Madison.) BEAM STARTED AS AN ORGANIZATION THAT DID FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND IT IS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SO IF SOMEBODY COULDN'T PAY THEIR RENT AND WERE ABOUT TO BE EVICTED OR FOR EXAMPLE THEIR LIGHTS WERE TURNED OFF, THEY WOULD COME TO BEAM.) Without BEAM- Beaches emergency assistance ministry...the working poor who need help...are cut off. Few have cars...or access to one to drive to jacksonville.) "WE'VE BECOME A FULL TIME PANTRY THAT SERVES A POPULATION THAT CAN'T MAKE A PAYCHECK STRETCH THROUGH AN ENTIRE MONTH." ) THE PANTRY OFFERS THE TYPICAL CANNED GOODS. BUT THERE IS SOMETHING UNIQUE TO BEAM, THIS IS BOK CHOY, SWISS CHARD, BROCCOLI, AND THIS DOESN'T COME FROM A GROCERY STORE.)) IT COMES FROM BEAM'S OWN GARDEN.LOOK AT IT- IT'S INCREDIBLE. THEY HAVE PRODUCED BETWEEN 4 AND 5,000 POUNDS OF FRESH VEGETABLES SINCE LAST APRIL.) YOU CAN SEE THEY'RE JUST STARTING TO POP UP.) FRESH VEGETABLES give healthy options to people who might not otherwise be able to afford it. For sharon...diagnosed with breast cancer nearly two years ago- Words CAN hardly describe the impact BEAM has on her ...and madison.) "IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT HARDER FOR US WITHOUT THEIR HELP." 3 More than 20,000 people were helped by BEAM in 2012.