Since May 12th, local arts and entertainment professionals financially impacted by Covid-19 have been able to pick up - free of charge - bags of produce and hot drive-thru meals every Tuesday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road (MAP).
The free prepared meals are available to anyone in the arts and entertainment community, including performers, musicians, visual artists, design and production personnel, entertainment management and more.
Due to demand, a second distribution location has been announced starting July 10th: The Plaza LIVE, home of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, at 425 N. Bumby Avenue (MAP).
Distribution hours will be Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This second location will operate until the end of July.
The effort is put together by Feed the Need Florida and various arts community leaders. Feed the Need Florida is a public and private collaboration to feed those who are struggling with getting access to healthy food during the COVID-19 crisis, led by Orlando nonprofit 4Roots and the 4 Rivers Restaurant Group, along with a network of local restaurants and hospitality industry organizations.
“I continue to say that this is really all about encouragement and connectivity in a time of great isolation, uncertainty and feelings of personal loss,” said RK Kelley, past president of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the event organizers. “A free meal and a bag of produce to stretch an increasingly tight household budget is the bonus.”
Each meal is prepared and distributed according to Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
Stilt walkers and rolling pianos have become a common sight across Feed the Need Florida distributions. Like the St. Luke’s location, the Plaza pickup will have unique entertainment, with live music weekly and encouragement from fellow arts professionals.