Monday, April 13, 2020
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SPECIAL NOTE: Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please call to confirm events listed below. 

~~~  This Week ~~~  
Mon, April 13 11:00 am    FLIPANY Feeding Sites Open, Read post below for location closest to you
Mon, April 13 11:00 am     School Feeding Sites Open, Read post below for location closest to you 
Wed, April 15 10:00 am    Food Distribution, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade 
Glades Area
Food: The Glades Initiative Offers Food DistributionDISTRIBUTION

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution to anyone in need - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10 AM.  Those coming in cars are asked to line up beside the office for drive-through pick-up on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come first-serve basis.

Our staff and volunteers will wear personal protective gear as we handle and distribute the food bags. We ask that drivers and their passengers remain in their vehicles and practice social distancing measures to keep everyone safe.

Food for anyone needing food
WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: For questions, call us at 561-996-3310
Food: School Feeding Sites OpenCLOSUREFOOD

School Food Service will continue serving meals to students throughout the school closure. Nutritionally-balanced 'Grab and Go' meals will be offered at school locations around the District. The meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age (under 22 for ESE students), regardless of financial need. The USDA has provided a waiver to allow parents/guardians to pick up meals without the child being present. The parent needs to provide confirmation of the number of children (student ID, passport, student library card, birth certificate, etc.) Two days' worth of meals provided each day.

WHEN: Starting Monday, April 13, 2020 (Distributions held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Gove Elementary, 1000 SE Ave G, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Pahokee Elementary, 560 E Main Pl, Pahokee, FL 33476
  • Rosenwald Elementary, 1321 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, South Bay, FL 33493
Click here for a list of school sites distributing food in Palm Beach County
Click here for more info
Food: FLIPANY Grab 'n Go SitesFLIPANY

Attached are the following lists of locations for Grab 'n Go Feeding Sites for the week starting March 30, 2020. Access this link for more information about site locations:

WHEN: Monday through Friday beginning, March 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Grace Fellowship Center, 233 W Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Fremd Village, 38937 Shirley Dr, Pahokee, FL 33476
  • Padgett Island, 899 Padgett Cir, Pahokee, FL 33476
  • New South Bay Villas, 845 West Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL 33493
  • Student Aces, 915 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Okeechobee Center, 101 Everglades St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Osceola Center, 1204 NW Avenue L, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here for more info
Food Distribution Available to Local Seniors

Seniors who are in need of food should contact the Elder Helpline at 866-684-5885. The PBC Senior Centers are still being used as distribution sites and Palm Tran continues to deliver food to the homes of seniors. 

CONTACT:  Seniors can call 2-1-1 for more information.

Click here for more info
The Glades Initiative Providing Services; Office Services Are Appointment Only

The Glades Initiative is providing services over the phone to residents who need assistance with online applications in our office located at 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430. We provide services in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  

Please call the office at 561-996-3310 if you have questions or need our assistance. And with things changing so quickly, watch our Facebook page for the most current information. 
The Glades Initiative is Here to Help You With Census

Need assistance with completing the Census 2020 questionnaire? The Glades Initiative will be here and available to assist you with your Census 2020 application over the phone.

It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Why do Census? Your participation is important because it helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.

The latest response rate are as follows since 4/11/20: Belle Glade- 30.2%; Pahokee- 30.8%; South Bay-35.8%. With your involvement we can improve our numbers!

CONTACT: 561-996-3310 (Services available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole)

Click here to learn more
Emergency Pantry Provides Formula, Infant Food

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies has a Basics4Babies emergency pantry that provides formula, infant food, and other basic needs for babies from birth to 12 months. Diapers are also available from birth through age 3. Items are based on inventory. Click below to learn more about their eligibility requirements. 

Belle Glade Location
WHEN: Open Tuesdays | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: 1079 South Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: 1-888-414-4642

Click here for more info
CDC Guidance Regarding Homemade Masks

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Click here for more info
Your Rights as a Tenant During COVID-19

This document was developed to answer many of the questions that tenants have at this time regarding landlord-tenant relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more info (English and Spanish)
Unemployment Resource: PBC Library Has Resources Available to Help Those Who are Unemployed

The Palm Beach County Library System has many resources available to help individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. Ask-A-Librarian staff are available by phone, email and chat to help members who have questions or need assistance filling out unemployment/reemployment forms.

Click here to learn more
Click here for paper applications available now in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole
Fact Sheet: FEMA Public Assistance Program for Private Nonprofit Organizations

All 50 states are working directly with FEMA under President Trump's March 13, 2020, nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19. Under this emergency declaration, and subsequent major disaster declarations, certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for funding through FEMA's Public Assistance program. This fact sheet provides guidance for determining the eligibility of PNP applicants and work performed in accordance with the COVID-19 emergency and major disaster declarations.

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Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes

The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U S Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID 19 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing

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Online Class: 9-1-1 Dispatch Academy

Prepare yourself for a career in 9-1-1 telecommunications. This course will prepare you to take and pass the Florida Department of Health 9-1-1 PST Exam.

WHEN: Monday, June 1, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
CONTACT: For more information, email

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Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs to Connect Florida Seniors to their Families through Virtual Technology

From the Department of Elder Affairs: Governor DeSantis and Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom announced the launch of Project: VITAL (Virtual Inclusive Technology for All), which utilizes virtual technology to relieve the difficult symptoms of social isolation for residents in Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) and nursing homes.

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2-1-1 and Area Agency on Aging Join Forces

The Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach Treasure Coast and 211 HelpLine Palm Beach and Treasure Coast are collaborating to address the public's increasing needs during the pandemic. The Area Agency on Aging announced a COVID-19 expansion to their Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC Helpline). Seniors 60+ are encouraged to call the ADRC Helpline for assistance with food, food stamps, COVID 19 information such as testing sites, and questions on Medicare or Medicaid.

CONTACT: Call the ADRC Helpline at 1.866.684.5885. Specially trained counselors are available to help in English, Spanish or Creole Monday through Friday 8:00 - 5:00.

Click here to learn more
Wellness Promotion Task Force, PBC Schools

From PBC District's Wellness Promotion Task Force: These are quite challenging and delicate times we are living in since the Public Health Pandemic of COVID-19 has taken over our lives. On behalf of the District's Wellness Promotion Task Force (WPTF), we wanted to reassure each one of you, that you are not alone, and together we can overcome these challenges.

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EveryParent: Keep Your Kids #HealthySafeStrong

From childproofing tips to cooking safety, and the EveryParent app are filled with local tips and expert advice to help handle your family's health and safety at home during these challenging times.

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Rep Tina Polsky - Updated COVID-19 Information

Representative Tina Polsky provides the latest information, as of April 10, 2020, regarding important COVID-19 information. 

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Nonprofits First Resource List on COVID-19 Response

From Nonprofits First: As we continue to update you amid the rapidly emerging situation it is our goal to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and relevant information regarding your nonprofit organization or business. Below is an updated resource list on the COVID-19 response.

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Prime Time PBC - Activities for Children

Prime Time offers fun and engaging resources and activities that families can do at home to continue learning. 

Click here to learn more
Important Message from the Early Learning Coalition

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County shares an important message, as well as plenty of resources for parents, families, and caregivers. 

Click here to learn more
Count-e-News: Palm Beach County News 04.12.20

Find updates from Palm Beach County on services, resources, and more related to COVID-19 - issue date 04.12.20. 

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, April 13, 2020

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources.

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Other Areas
FLIPANY Grab 'n Go Sites

Attached are the following lists of locations for Grab 'n Go Feeding Sites for the week of March 30, 2020. Access this link for more information about site locations:

WHEN: Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Click here for more info
Webinar: Virtual Board Meetings, Compliance & Best Practices

From Nonprofits First: Is your nonprofit organization holding its first virtual board meeting? Are you looking for strategies to make virtual board meetings more effective? Join us as we answer your questions and discuss everything from consent agendas to facilitation tips.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.

Click here for more info
Online Seminar: Small Business Reorganization Act

From SCORE: Join an online seminar regarding the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019. This seminar is free but is limited to 15 participants.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Richie Repetti, SCORE Palm Beach,, 561-833-1672

Click here for more info
Previous Postings - The Glades Area
Lakeside Medical Center Urges #StayHomeGlades

From Lakeside Medical Center: Lakeside Medical Center and the Health Care District of Palm Beach County are going the extra mile to keep the Glades healthy. Please Stay Home and Stay Safe.

Click here to read more
If You Lost or Did Not Receive Census Invitation - Respond to Census 2020 Online or by Phone

Residents who have not received their Census 2020 invitation in the mail are encouraged to respond online and be counted. Residents can go online at  on their home computer, the library, use their cell phone to go online or they can call a toll free number and someone will answer their call and ask the questions at 1-844-330-2020.

The current response rate for the Glades is as follows: Right now the City of Pahokee's response rate is 14.6%, South Bay's is 18.5% and Belle Glade's is 14.7%.

CONTACT: Angela Johnson, Partnership Specialist, US Department of Commerce/Census Bureau - email:
Earned $66,000 or Less Last Year, File Taxes for Free!

From the United Way of Palm Beach County: Was your 2019 household income $66,000 or less? You can receive free tax preparation assistance at one of our several VITA locations throughout the county! Our VITA Program gives you three choices to electronically file your tax return. All options are confidential, safe and free.

VITA Site at Community Partners Prosperity Center
WHEN:  Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 14, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (English/Spanish)
WHERE: Community Partners Prosperity Center (located within Bridges at Belle Glade), 33 West Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430

VITA Site at West County Senior Center
WHEN:  Mondays and Saturdays until April 13, 2020  | Monday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here to learn more
Interactive Video Session: Conversations on COVID

From the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County: This will be an opportunity to learn first-hand how the Corona virus is affecting our local community, what's up with testing, what we can expect in the weeks to come, and what we need to do to increase the odds that we will survive in one piece. The focus will be on both the physical and emotional components of this pandemic.

Click here to read more
Child Care Scholarships for Emergency Personnel

From the Early Learning Coalition of PBC: We launched a new program offering scholarships for child care for parents working as first responders, emergency personnel, and other essential employees during this response effort. 

Click here to read more
Rep Tina Polsky's COVID-19 Resource Guide

From Representative Tina Polsky: The Governor, Department of Emergency Management, Department of Health, Local Leaders, and I are working diligently to respond to COVID-19. In an effort to keep you all safe and informed I have put together this COVID-19 Resource Guide. I am hopeful that this will provide you with the information that we receive from all government levels into one easy to digest place.

Click here to learn more
Coronavirus Update from Palm Beach County

Click for updates from Palm Beach County regarding measures and services relating to COVID-19.

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Catholic Charities Continues Providing Assistance

From Catholic Charities: Due to the COVID-19 (corona virus) our food pantry & clothing are currently temporarily unavailable for clients. We are still available to assist clients with benefits enrollments (food stamps & Medicaid applications), rental, and utility assistance via phone.

CONTACT: 561-924-5677

Click here to learn more
Early Head Start Program Receiving Applications

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County is receiving applications for childcare services for children six weeks to three years old. 

CONTACT: 561-412-2203

Click here to read more
COVID Toolkit from the Office of the Speaker

Click for a resource overview of the federal benefits to individuals, families, Veterans and businesses.

Click here to learn more
GTAC Meetings Canceled Due to COVID-19

From the Office of Community Revitalization: In the midst of the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) has taken every precaution to limit residents' exposure to the virus by canceling the Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) meetings until it is safe to attend.

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Mental Health America of PBC Provides Services

From Mental Health America of Palm Beach County: In response to the COVID-19, the MHAPBC office will be closed, with all employees working remotely. During this time, the following services will be available: 
  • MHA Helpline phone support and navigation (561) 801-4357 
  • Support calls to MHA Phoenix Club and Peer Place members 
  • Group and individual support via Zoom video meetings 
  • Access to online support through the MyStrength app 
  • Messaging and posts for Phoenix Club and Peer Place members via private Facebook group 
  • Free telehealth counseling with our clinical psychologist for uninsured individuals
Click here to learn more
Per Household LIHEAP Benefit Assistance Increased

From Palm Beach County Community Services Department: The Community Action Program has great news! Effective today, 4/1/2020, the LIHEAP benefit limits per household have increased. The benefit amount will depend on total household income, household composition, and if there are any elderly, disabled or children under age 6 in the household.

Click here to learn more and to apply for assistance
501c News: News from Nonprofits First

Nonprofits First spotlights the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium's virtual tours in their latest edition of 501c News. 

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McKinlay Memo: News from PBC District 6

Read an update from District 6 Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay focusing on COVID-19 updates and resources. 

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, April 6, 2020

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.

Click here to learn more
Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Previous Postings - Other Areas
Posting Information: eBlast and Volunteers
Anyone wishing to add their local announcements or events is welcome to submit their information by Friday to be posted the following week. Please include a brief summary of the information to be posted with your contact name, phone number, and/or flyer. Advertise

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Check the Glades Community Calendar 
for additional activities scheduled in
the Glades area
Check out Volunteer Opportunities at the Glades Initiative or opportunities with our Partners in the Glades
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