Farm Share, a non-profit that aims to be sure no one will go hungry and food will not go to waste, delivered nearly 61,000 pounds of frozen poultry products, cheese cake, rice, fresh vegetables, assorted bread, drinks and snack foods to individuals and families living in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
Joining in this effort was Burlington Coat Factory which donated nearly $50,000 in gift cards, and non-profit “Delivering Good Inc.,” formerly KIDS/Fashion Delivers and the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries.
Also participating was the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans including the elderly, veterans, the disabled and families with children. It provided emergency food and nutrition assistance to over 1,000 households and nearly 4,000 individuals at no cost to supplement the diets of individuals who are most in need right before the holidays.
“Farm Share is blessed to have the resources necessary to provide food insecure individuals and families with the sustenance families need, especially during the holidays when gifts sometimes supersede nutrition,” said Stephen R. Shelley, Farm Share’s chief operating officer.
“Through our Holiday Food Distribution Event, we were able to provide over 60 pounds of food to each household, as well as $50 Burlington gift card, to ensure that each recipient would have food on the table and a gift under the tree this holiday season,” Shelley added. “Farm Share appreciates the continued generosity of our local farmers and partners who helped make this event possible.”
Farm Share provided approximately 52 million pounds of food to 10.5 million households this year — up from 2016’s efforts of 40.4 million pounds. A reported 14.7 percent of Floridians and 20.7 percent of its children live below the poverty line with Florida ranking 20th in households experiencing difficulty providing enough food for their families.
A recipient who came up from Big Pine Key was overwhelmed at the generosity shown, expressing his gratitude for organizations like Farm Share who are helping him tremendously post Hurricane Irma.
“We are in the process of rebuilding the Keys at the moment to be very strong, but we are not there yet. Thank you Farm Share for helping me and my family in the midst of rebuilding our lives to be better in the future,” he said.
To learn more about Farm Share visit www.farmshare.org.