Salvation Army, Ruth Eckerd extend food donation partnership

A food distribution partnership between The Salvation Army in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County and Ruth Eckerd Hall will continue throughout August.

CLEARWATER – The Salvation Army in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County is continuing a food distribution partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Free Food Fridays partnership between the entities began in June as a way to expand food distribution in the community, according to a Salvation Army press release. "Ruth Eckerd’s venue has allowed us to serve more people efficiently and safely," said Major Ted Morris, Administrator for The Salvation Army serving Upper Pinellas County. "Their staff as volunteers have been a godsend. We are so thankful to Susan (Crockett) and her team."

Crockett is the current president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall.

The Salvation Army reported giving away 3,500 USDA food boxes during the months of June and July. "On average, this equates to feeding more than 10,000 people," Morris said.

The effort will continue each Friday in August at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. The only difference from June and July is that distribution events will now begin later in the day, at 1 p.m., and continue until all boxes have been given away.

Food boxes contain a protein (typically pre-cooked chicken), milk, butter, cheese, fresh produce and fruit. For more information call 727-446-4177 or visit www.SalvationArmyClearwater.org.