St. Johns County and United Way-SJC Announce May “Drive-Thru” Food Drives

In response to the increased demand and urgent need currently experienced by local food assistance programs due to COVID-19, St. Johns County in partnership with United Way of St. Johns County, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will hold two “drive-thru” food drives to help restock critically-low local food pantries. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host the “Drive-Thru” Food Drive on Saturday, May 9 and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will host on Saturday, May 16. United Way and St. Johns County volunteers will be on-site at both venues’ parking lots collecting requested donations taken directly from vehicles while maintaining proper social distancing guidelines to ensure ease of collecting all donations. All volunteers will be provided PPE equipment by St. Johns County Emergency Operations.

This two weekend “drive thru” effort will take place during the time in which the United States Postal Service normally conducts its “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” typically scheduled for the second Saturday in May, when letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. This effort has been postponed by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Food Drive #1: Saturday, May 9th at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre | Address: 1340C A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 | Collection Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Food Drive #2: Saturday, May 16th at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall | Address: 1050 A1A North Ponte Vedra, FL 32080 | Collection Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Examples of nonperishable donations requested:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned Soup or Stew
  • Canned, dried or plastic packaged fruit or applesauce
  • Canned beans and vegetables
  • Cooking oils
  • Canned tuna, salmon, ham or chicken
  • Pasta, rice or instant potatoes
  • Granola bars, nuts or crackers
  • Box Cereal or Meal

Donations that cannot be accepted:

  • Items needing refrigeration
  • Expired food
  • Leftovers
  • Food with packaging concerns
  • Baked goods
  • Items with glass or cellophane packaging (can be broken in transit)

Media Contact:

Lorie Shvets, Director of Communications | United Way of St. Johns County | 904-829-9721 |

Aubrey Mulligan, Marketing & Promotions Specialist | St. Augustine Amphitheatre | 904-687-7694 |