Clay County offers help for families who need food during pandemic


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – The need for food is rising for families facing unemployment in Clay County.

Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward said the county has started a food box operation with the help of state and federal partners.

“We receive multiple truckloads of food in or we go get it, and then we actually box it into seven-day meal boxes, and then it's distributed out to our various areas,” Ward said.

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Despite the economy beginning to reopen Monday, according to an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis, it could take some time for families to get back on their feet.

The county’s human services team was told to prepare for the food box operation to continue to grow through the end of June.

Ward said the county must justify the amount of food it's requesting from the state, so they ask residents to register before they show up at a food distribution location.

Just go to Alert.ClayCountyGov.com and click the link for food distribution registration. Then fill out and submit the form.

You’ll get an email with a barcode to take to one of these locations:

  • Celebration Church, 512 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park (Wednesdays 10 a.m. - noon)
  • Church of Eleven 22, 4459 US HWY 17, Fleming Island (Thursdays from 3-4 p.m.)
  • First Baptist Church Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg (Thursdays noon–1 p.m.)
  • Keystone Safety Net Alliance, McRae Elementary at 6770 CR 315, Keystone Heights (Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m.) See https://www.facebook.com/keystonesafetynet/ for details.  
  • The Springs Church, 317 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park (Fridays 11 a.m. - noon)

You can also call the Emergency Operations Call Center at 877-252-9362.

Anyone interested in collecting and distributing donations should contact volunteer@claycountygov.com.

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