Ruth Eckerd Hall announced today they have agreed to partner with The Salvation Army to host three upcoming food distributions, allowing the organiziation to serve twice as many families during each event due to the performing arts center’s property size. While The Salvation Army continues to conduct free drive-through food distribution events at its Social Services campus in Clearwater, the property can only accommodate so many vehicles at a time due to limited parking lot space. 

The Salvation Army, the nation’s largest social services organization with more than 7,600 service locations across the country, is increasing efforts to meet requests for food. With unemployment at an all-time high, and money from stimulus checks decreasing, more families continue to need food.

“Ruth Eckerd Hall is a natural partner for The Salvation Army” said Major Ted Morris, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County. “Our School of Music staff have attended their Lunch and Learns, and are working to find ways to provide our students with an opportunity to take their performing arts experience to the next level. Ruth Eckerd’s programs for children are a blessing for our students as they would not have the chance to be involved in such high caliber programming.”

We’re honored to support our friends at the Salvation Army in their effort to get food to families needing help,” said Susan M Crocket Ruth Eckerd Hall President & CEO. “We are a community in need and by combining our resources, we’re able to serve more.”

The Salvation Army, in partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall and the City of Clearwater Police Department, will hold drive-through food distribution events at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, on June 12, June 19, and June 26 at 10am until all items have been distributed. To comply with CDC guidelines, recipients must be in a vehicle and stay in their vehicles during the distribution. Food boxes will contain milk, cheese, chicken, and other fresh produce as well as shelf-stable food.

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