May 15 - March of Dimes launched a new virtual campaign, called Step Up!, to raise vital support for moms and babies during the COVID-19 pandemic causing the ongoing global health crisis. The new virtual fundraiser will replace this year’s March of Dimes’ annual in-person March for Babies events that for the past 50 years have seen thousands of people march as a way to fundraise. The virtual March for Babies will commence across the country with participants tracking their steps using smart phones or fitness watches and collecting donations for their steps. Every step will be tracked and totaled through the Charity Miles mobile app, culminating in a virtual celebration on May 15. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a series of fun, virtual challenges throughout the campaign to boost their step count, share personal stories about why they’re “stepping up” and ultimately raise awareness of the critical needs of mothers and babies right now. www.marchforbabies.org.
FREE FOOD: Providing food or money to buy food include:
Club Esteem: 3316 Monroe St., Melbourne, 321-409-8942. Club Esteem is distributing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch packages and snacks to children 18 years and younger from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday through Friday.
Evans Center: 1361 Florida Ave., Palm Bay, 321-802-5142, facebook.com/EvansCenter. Drive-up meals are being given to those 18 and younger and 65 and older between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Meals are placed in people's trunks, so there's no need to get out of the car.
Hospitality Life: The non-profit organization with a mission to support those in the hospitality industry is providing free meals for out-of-work hospitality workers. Daily pickup sites are Pizza Gallery and Grill in Viera, PizzaVola West Melbourne, PizzaVola Cocoa Beach, PizzaVola Indian Harbor Beach, Pappagallos Beachside and Aunt Louise's Pizzeria of Sebastian. To register for meals or to donate, visit hospitalitylife.org.
Love Inc. of Brevard: 321-253-9542, facebook.com/loveincbrevard. The non-profit organization that trains and unites churches to help people in need, has partnered with the Bearded Chef to provide meals to those in need. Donations can be made via Go Fund Me.
McDonald's: Samuel Houston, who has McDonald's restaurants in Melbourne and Palm Bay, has been feeding the emergency room and operating room staff at the Holmes Medical Center every Wednesday for two shifts and will continue until the end of the health crisis. Jose Rodriguez, another owner-operator, donated 80 Happy Meals to be distributed by at Grove Church in Titusville to families with children who couldn’t get lunch from school. He also is bringing breakfast every Friday to the staff at Parrish Medical Center.
Mosaic Church: 2100 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay, 321-914 4193, email@example.com, mosaiccpalmbay.com or facebook.com/MosaicPalmBay. In partnership with South Brevard Sharing Center, Daily Bread and Streetside Showers, the church is offering lunch and groceries, gently worn clothing, hot showers and hygiene kits from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Anyone is eligible for these services. Food distribution is drive-through only. Showers and clothing are offered in sanitary environments with social distancing policies in place.
Palm Bay Masonic Lodge: Palm Bay Masonic Lodge partner with Papa John’s Pizza at Bayside Lakes to deliver pizza for the evening meal for the staff of Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital on Friday, April 24. "We are doing this as a way to recognize the sacrifice made by these dedicated and brave Health Care Professionals," Bob Chadwick, treasure and community affairs for the lodge, said in a press release. "We proudly support our community and the medical/EMS workers, firefighters and police that are keeping us safe in these trying times."
Pebbles Catering & Event Design: 1046 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa, 321-735-4910, facebook.com/pebblescateringandeventdesign. With a motto of "Christ over Crisis," the Cocoa catering company has been giving away meals Wednesday through Friday for the past four weeks with drive-by pickup. Donations are accepted.
South Brevard Sharing Center: 17 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. Groceries are being distributed in a drive-through manner from 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays. Have an ID ready to expedite the process, but no one will be turned away. Those in cars are asked to remain in their vehicle. Everyone who has them is asked to wear masks. you stay in your vehicle, and for those walking/biking, we have a line process outdoors that follows social distancing guidelines. Please wear a mask if you have one. Limited health and hygiene items are also available by request. The SBSC is also giving out groceries at Club Esteem, the Evans Center and Mosaic Church in Palm Bay. Donations can be made at mysbsc.org. For more information, follow the SBSC at facebook.com/mysbsc.
RE/MAX Aerospace Realty: Agents and staff of the Real Estate company, which has seven offices in the county, collected money to provide lunch to five hospitals across the Space Coast this week. TGI Fridays, Mamma Rosas and the Produce Place assisted in the efforts.
River Run Christian Church: 1660 Croton Road, Melbourne, 321-259-0478, facebook.com/rrccbrevard. Drive-up food distribution starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Recipients are asked to keep their windows rolled up and to open their trunks.
Time Out Sports Bar Plus: 607 Florida Ave., Cocoa, 321-504-0823, facebook.com/timeoutcocoavillage. The Cocoa Village restaurant may be temporarily closed, but every Sunday the kitchen opens to prepare 1,000 meals served beginning at 11 a.m. Businesses that have joined Time Out to feed the hungry include Luke & Associates, Community 1st Charities, Space Coast Honda, Curt Myers State Farm, Lightholder Builder Contractor, Sunrise Bank, Perrone Properties, Mattress Barn, PiP printing and Lightholder Inc.
The Tiny Turtle: 249 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach, 321-446-7361, facebook.com/Thetinyturtle. Thanks to an anonymous donation, the Cocoa Beach restaurant has a limited number of free meals for those in need. Call for availability.