Wednesday December 2, 2020

Palm Beach County is extending the deadline to apply for food assistance and for rent and utility assistance through the CARES Act. The new deadline is Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who meet the income requirements may still apply for food assistance. Food assistance is based on household size, and maximum amounts are as follows:

  • 1-2 household members: $400
  • 3-4 household members: $800
  • 5 or more household members: $1,000

To apply for assistance, click here.

The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association is feeding the senior community. The Food on the Table initiative is providing meals to senior citizens in Palm Beach County. Next feedings are scheduled for Dec. 4 in West Palm Beach, Dec. 11 in Riviera Beach, then Dec. 23rd in Belle Glade and Boynton Beach on Dec. 30. The initiative is funded by the Quantum Foundation and the food is prepared by Blues & BBQ.

Florida has been awarded a $28 million federal grant to help those negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic find work. The money from the U.S. Department of Labors Grant will be administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to provide temporary jobs, employment and training services and supportive services. Those who have been dislocated, laid off or have lost work due to the ongoing pandemic as well as those have been unemployed long-term will be eligible for assistance. Disaster-relief employment includes providing food, medicine and other supplies to those in need; setting up quarantine areas and helping quarantined individuals; working at food distribution centers; and cleaning and sanitizing schools and quarantine areas. Anyone interested in receiving help through the grant should click here to find their local CareerSource center.

Florida became the third state in the nation to record at least 1 million cases of COVID-19, adding 8,847 new cases yesterday, as deaths rose by 82. Testing numbers rose significantly as well. Cases reached 1,008,166 with only No. 1 Texas and No. 2 California reporting more than 1 million. Hendry County has reached 2, 508 cases, with 1384 in Clewiston and about 1009 recorded in LaBelle. For a city by city breakdown, visit Coronavirus Response (hendryfla.net).

As of yesterday, the 2020 Hurricane Season officially came to a close and Hendry County and others around the lake, came away from it largely unscathed. That said, Okeechobee County Fire and Rescue officials are encouraging its residents to please remove their hurricane shutters if you have them installed on your windows and doors. Kevin Kenny of our sister station WOKC met with Okeechobee County Fire Chief Ralph Franklin. Franklin says while fire and rescue crews have tools necessary to get through the shutters when needed, it’s often an unnecessary task for life-saving procedures. The 2020 Hurricane Season was the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with nearly 30 recorded storms.