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Farm Share continues hurricane Irma relief on anniversary

For Immediate Release

Press Release

FARM SHARE CONTINUES HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF ON ANNIVERSARY Farm Share Continues to Offer Assistance to Heavy Hit Florida Keys

HOMESTEAD, FL., September 7, 2018 – One year after Hurricane Irma’s landfall, the heavy hit Florida Keys continues to rebuild. With a caravan of semi-trucks loaded with furniture and appliances, Farm Share has shifted its focus from providing food to hurricane victims to helping provide much needed furniture and appliances as residents rebuild their homes. Since Hurricane Irma made landfall on September 10th, 2017, Farm Share has provided local Key’s residents with semi-truck loads of food, water, ice, thousands of mattresses, new clothes, shoes and now furniture and appliances. Additionally, through one of its donors, Farm Share also provided financial assistance in the form of $100,000 in Visa gift cards to families in need to assist them in buying food, rebuilding their homes or paying their rent and mortgage.

This Monday, September, 10th, in coordination with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s Office, the Monroe County Long Term Recovery Group and various “boots on the ground” non-profits working directly with pre-vetted Hurricane Irma victims currently in disaster case management, will receive the first of several furniture and appliance distribution’s as the Florida Keys continue to rebuild, reconnect and reunite.

Joining in this kick-off event will be U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, U.S. Congressmen Carlos Curbelo, Florida Senator Anitere Flores, Florida Representative Holly Raschein, Monroe County Mayor David Rice, City of Marathon Mayor Michelle Coldiron and Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent will be present as well as other local, state and federal representatives serving the Florida Keys.

When: Monday, September 10th, 2018 11A – 2P

Where: San Pablo Catholic Church, 550 122 Street Ocean, Marathon, FL 33050

Who: Pre-vetted victims of Hurricane Irma who are under case management supervision. Distribution will be by appointment only.

What: Furniture, appliance and food distribution.

Farm Share, a non-profit organization headquartered in Homestead, FL, alleviates hunger and fights poverty by recovering and distributing healthy and nutritious fruits, vegetables, proteins and other non-perishable food to Florida families, children, seniors and individuals in need. Through a kind donation received by Farm Share, families will receive furniture and appliances – compliments of a private donor.

“Farm Share is proud to partner with so many great community leaders and organizations who continue to help victims of Hurricane Irma rebuild their homes and lives,” stated Stephen R. Shelley, Farm Share’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are also thankful for our many donors who provide us the means to render disaster assistance in a community’s time of need.”

About Farm Share

Farm Share was established in 1991, with an overarching goal to distribute food without fees of any kind to agencies such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food banks, churches, and more. Since its inception, we have grown to accommodate a growing hunger. Many large groups collect food donations from the public and charge a per-pound “shared maintenance fee” to your local church, soup kitchen, etc. for this food. These fees add up to hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions!) of dollars per year. If the agency cannot afford the shared maintenance fees, they do not get the food. Smaller grass-root agencies that cannot afford the shared maintenance fees get left out in the cold. Farm Share gives food to our recipient agencies without fees of any kind. To learn more about Farm Share visit www.farmshare.org

Farm Share, Inc. 14125 SW 320 Street, Homestead, FL 33033 I 305.246.3746 www.farmshare.org

Contact: Gussie Flynn Director of Communications & Marketing O: 305.246.3276 x 102; C: 305.772.5922 Gussie@farmshare.org

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