By Liz Balmaseda | The Palm Beach Post
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at 6:32 PM
The state’s largest food bank launched a weekly grocery distribution effort at the Palm Beach Outlets Monday to help those in need of supplies during the coronavirus lockdown. They were sold out before they opened.
Cars began lining up at 5 a.m. for the Feeding South Florida distribution effort as volunteers handed out vouchers for the grocery packages. By 9 a.m., when the distribution officially opened, all vouchers had been handed out, said Trina Holmsted, a rep for the shopping complex.
“We were able to feed 800 families,” Holmsted said of Monday’s effort. The bad news: “We had to turn away hundreds of people.”
The drive-up distribution will take place every Monday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. through June 1. It’s a first-come, first-served program available to anyone who needs food supplies. The distribution bags contain a week’s supply of fresh produce, milk, eggs and a protein, plus other essentials.
Organizers hope to provide food for about 1,000 families each week, says Holmsted.
The food distribution is part of Feeding South Florida’s expanded outreach in Palm Beach County. The Broward-based non-profit operates a large distribution and resource center in Boynton Beach known as Feeding Palm Beach County. It has stepped up its efforts during the coronavirus shutdown, running food distribution efforts in Lake Worth Beach, Boynton Beach and other local communities.
Those working the Monday distribution line at Palm Beach Outlets wear masks and gloves and practice social distancing, organizers say.
On Tuesday, Feeding South Florida returns to downtown Lake Worth Beach, distributing groceries to needy families from 9 to 11 a.m. at 1121 Lucerne Ave.
On Wednesday, the nonprofit will be at three area locations, including the United Haitian Baptist Church at 2015 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Catherine Strong park in Delray Beach from 9 to 11 a.m., and the Community of Hope Methodist Church in Loxahatchee from 3 to 5 p.m.
On Thursday, Feeding South Florida will be at Christ Fellowship Church in Boynton Beach from 9 to 11 a.m. On Friday, the nonprofit will be in Riviera Beach (2409 Avenue H West) from 9 to 11 a.m. and in Greenacres (901 Swain Blvd.), also from 9 to 11 a.m.
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