Palm Coast - Mayor Milissa Holland announced Friday, April 17, that the City of Palm Coast is partnering with its faith-based organizations for an unprecedented, massive campaign to provide thousands of families with food on Saturday, May 2.
"The Mayor's Feed Palm Coast Initiative is aiming to provide at least 5,000 families of four with a week's worth of food," Mayor Holland said. "Now more than ever before, we as a community need to hold one another up. I am turning to all of our 90,000 residents and Flagler County as a whole to come together in this moment. If you are an organization, a community leader or an individual who wants to make a positive impact, now is your moment to rise up and be a part of a powerful force of good. Together, we can make a world of difference for more than 20,000 people in a single day."
The City of Palm Coast is working closely with Parkview Church to accept donations and distribute them to residents. Parkview Church will be providing 200 total volunteers on the day of distribution. Parkview Church is also actively coordinating with at least 10 other churches to mobilize food donations.
The City of Palm Coast and Parkview Church will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Monday, April 20, at these two locations:
- City Hall - 160 Lake Ave., Palm Coast, FL, 32164
- Parkview Church - 5435 Belle Terre Pkwy, Palm Coast, FL 32137
These same two locations will be the points of distribution for residents on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Examples of acceptable donation items include:
- Canned protein (chicken or tuna)
- Chicken or tuna helper
- Peanut butter
- Jelly / Jam
- Beef stew or canned dumplings
- Tomato sauce (can or plastic jars only)
- Protein bars / cereal bars / pop tarts
- Mac & cheese
- Juice boxes
Due to the massive scale of the initiative and the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, careful planning has been set for the safety of both residents and volunteers. Attached to this release is the planned traffic flow for both food distribution locations on Saturday, May 2. Flagler Sheriff's Office deputies and City traffic control will be on hand to help direct residents and there will also be large, electronic traffic message boards present to make the access points clear.
Residents who come to accept the food donations on Saturday, May 2, must stay in their vehicles, pop their trunks and allow volunteers to place the bagged food items in the trunks. Volunteers will be wearing appropriate PPE, such as gloves and masks.
"Over these past several weeks, I have been continuously inspired by the strength of Palm Coast," Mayor Holland said. "We are at our best when our organizations, groups and businesses come together for a common cause and that's what this moment is all about - helping the community in a time of need. I know that together we will rise up once again on May 2."