ORLANDO, Fla. – As Central Florida continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, several organizations are offering cookouts and supply drives in Orange and Seminole counties.
Lake Lorna Doone Community Cook Out
September 14, 3:15pm
By Camping World Stadium
1519 W Church St Orlando
Apopka Community Cook Out
September 14th, 5pm - 7pm
Temple of Faith
1028 Marvin C Zanders Ave, Apopka
Altamonte Springs Community Cook Out
September 14th, 6pm - 9pm
Seminole Education Association
813 Orienta Ave, Altamonte Springs
Pine Hills Community Cookout
September 15th, 2017 at at 2:00pm
The Wire 98.5
6003 Silver Star Rd, Orlando
The Christ Sanctified Church on North Pine Hills Road in Orlando is operating Thursday as a food bank.
"We are here for you, if you need anything, please come by," said Andrise Eoisrond, a food bank organizer.
Droves of people affected by Hurricane Irma, like Michelie Stefleur, have been coming by. She said her children are out of work because of the storm, money is tight, but this food bank is providing her a little bit of comfort after experiencing so much devastation.
"This is a big big help, especially when you have so many children in your house," Michelie Stefleur said.
This food bank is one of more than two dozen here in Central Florida. We have a full list here:
But if you're looking for a hot meal or maybe a short term place to stay, you can simply call 211. It's run by the United Way and it's mission is helping people find help.
"It's a beautiful thing when you can get a single mom into a shelter or help an elderly couple make sure they're safe and have food after this hurricane irma disaster. So it's a tremendous resource," said Ashley Blasewitz of the United Way.
In Volusia County, water is being handed out Convoy of Hope Tuesday at First Assembly of DeLand at 551 S. Kepler Road.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, or until supplies last, Volusia County families will be able to receive one case of bottled water.
Vehicles will be directed through the church parking lot in a drive-thru fashion, and the water will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
In Brevard County, cities are also offering help.
Palm Bay is giving away water in the lobby area of City Hall. City staff will help through the close of business Thursday to help residents. The effort will continue Friday if supplies last.
In addition, all city of Melbourne Recreation Centers are open and available to anyone who needs a break from the heat.
"Come and sit in our air-conditioned buildings," the city said. "Bring the kids for open play time and open gym time. You may also bring your cell phones and devices for charging."
Eau Gallie Civic Center
1551 Highland Avenue Melbourne
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. — 9 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Lipscomb Community Center
3316 S. Monroe Street Melbourne
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: closed
Joseph N. Davis Community Center
2547 Grant Street Melbourne
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. — 9 p.m. Saturday – Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wickham Park Community Center
2815 Leisure Way Melbourne
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.
In Lake County, Astor residents can get water at the Astor Boat Ramp at 55400 Butler St. until 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
The limit is one case of water per household. Water is for Astor residents only, and identification may be required. Ice is not available.
A comfort area, which includes port-a-potties and hand-washing stations, has been added at the water distributions site. AT&T has opened a cellphone charging station for up to 30 cell hones at a time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Astor at 24731 Ann St.
Sandbag distribution is available 24/7 at Lake County Fire Station 10, at 23023 State Road 40.
A river flood warning remains in effect for the St. Johns River near DeLand and at Astor as moderate flooding continues to occur. Widespread heavy rainfall from Hurricane Irma has resulted in continued runoff into the St. Johns River basin. The river levels are forecast to remain above flood stage into next week, according to the National Weather Service. The river has leveled out at Astor after tidal effects brought levels to major flood stage. However, water levels will remain high and above flood stage in the area for the next several days.
News 6 hosted an event on Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Petty's Meat Market in Longwood.
News 6 meteorologists Julie Broughton and Candace Campos attended the get-together, where viewers could escape the heat, get free Wifi, use free charging stations for their electronic devices and get the latest information about the recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma.