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Free Food Fridays Continue With Time Change

Published: August 3, 2020

As the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases increase, along with continued unemployment, The Salvation Army in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County will continue USDA food box drive-through distribution at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Food distribution was previously held in the morning, but will now be moving to 1pm and continue until all boxes have been given away.

The partnership with The Salvation Army began in June as a way to expand food distribution in the community. Major Ted Morris, Administrator for The Salvation Army serving Upper Pinellas County, shares, “Ruth Eckerd’s venue has allowed us to serve more people efficiently and safely. Their staff as volunteers have been a God-send. We are so thankful to Susan (Crockett) and her team.”

During the months of June and July, more than 3,500 boxes of food have been given to families in need. “On average, this equates to feeding more than 10,000 people,” says Morris. “This includes a foster family of 14 teenage boys who remind us how much growing boys can eat.”

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

Food Distribution Information:

  • Drive-through food box distribution each Friday during August in partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall; boxes are pre-assembled and include fresh produce.
  • Distributions continue every Friday on August 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. or until all boxes are distributed, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road.

The Salvation Army in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas needs support to be able to continue to provide needed services throughout this pandemic. To learn more and support The Salvation Army’s efforts visit