Jacksonville non-profit helps families through COVID-19, now needs some help too

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Groups that solely run on donations are facing extra challenges during the pandemic.

While it was not easy, Community Health Outreach (CHO) had to step it up. It gives out groceries to about 700 families each week.

“Our mission is to feed those who are hungry. Clothe those who need clothes, and also provide medical and dental care for the uninsured,” Charles Green said. He is the Food Pantry Manager overseeing supplies.

CHO has been serving community members since 1988. It secured non-profit status in 2002, supported by donors, churches, and civic organizations.

But, 2020 threw it a curveball.

“I wouldn’t even phantom a dream this would be going on right now,” Stevie A. Taylor Sr., Chairman of the Board of Directors for CHO, said. “But, the good thing is we’ve been an oasis of help and hope to a lot of families.”

Chioma Odusola comes to the non-profit weekly to get clothes and formula for her kids. She said she’d be lost without the service.

“Sometimes you don’t really make much money, and when you come here they kind of help,” Odusola said.

The big thing the non-profit needs right now: more volunteers. You can sign up to help by clicking HERE.

The food pantry is open Monday (seniors only), Wednesday and Saturday. It starts at 9 A.M. Baby Luv is open on the same days starting at 10 A.M. The medical and dental clinic are by appointment only.

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