One year ago, a local couple, Debra and Bill Logeson, began volunteering for Care Connect+, a program of Flagler Health+, and in that time, they have delivered food to more than 150 homes.
This milestone was recently celebrated with gas cards given to the Logeson family, donated by Jimmy Jam Community Outreach. With St. Johns County continuing to grow and the need for food increasing, Care Connect+ is looking for more food delivery drivers to join the Logeson family in their efforts.
“Through this food delivery service, I have learned so much about the community,” said Bill Logeson. “With St. Johns County being the fastest growing county in Florida and all the tourists that come to the area, it’s hard to realize families are struggling. You can throw a rock from any building in the area and hit a community that needs help.”
Care Connect+ started the food delivery program in early 2020 when people recognized the increased community need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through volunteer drivers, like the Logeson family, and Epic-Cure, a group of volunteers dedicated to eliminating food waste and ending hunger, Care Connect+ was able to start screening individuals for their needs and determine if they were eligible to be put on a list for food delivery.
The program has since continued to grow, meaning more delivery drivers are needed.
The food delivery schedule is released every Monday, and then the food delivery is every Thursday. Volunteers will receive the list of addresses that morning, stop by Epic-Cure to pick up the bags of food, then deliver them to each home.
“This is an amazing volunteer opportunity,” said Debra Logeson, “You can give back to so many families in the area without having to commit hours of time. This is a great opportunity for people with a busy schedule that still want to give back to the community.”
Care Connect+ was established by Flagler Health+ to link area residents in need with available services and address social determinants of health in a coordinated way throughout Northeast Florida. By aligning community resources into a single access point, Care Connect+ increases coordination and access of available resources. For more information, go to stjohnscareconnect.com.
To learn more about becoming a food delivery driver for Care Connect+, go to CareConnectVolunteers.com or email Jennifer.Wills@FlaglerHealth.Org.
To learn more about Care Connect+ and other ways to get involved, go to CareConnectPlus.com.
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