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Farm Share to provide nearly 61,000 pounds of donated food to hungry Floridians in Miami-Dade County

For Immediate Release Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Press Release

FARM SHARE TO PROVIDE NEARLY 61,000 POUNDS OF DONATED FOOD TO HUNGRY FLORIDIANS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Donation will provide nearly 1,000 families with hunger relief

HOMESTEAD, FL., March 6, 2018 – Farm Share, a non-profit whose aim is that no one will go hungry and food will not go to waste, will deliver nearly 61,000 pounds of frozen protein products, fresh vegetables, assorted bread, drinks and snack foods to families living in Miami-Dade County on Saturday, March 10th from 9-12 at its Homestead facility located at 14125 SW 320 Street, Homestead, FL 33033.

Joining in this effort will be nearly a hundred volunteers from Miami Arts Charter School, FP&L, the Homestead Air Reserve Base, Elevate Real Estate Brokers and individuals within the community who will help bag and process these donated goods provided by hundreds of companies and 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, at no cost to supplement the diets of individuals who are most in need right before the spring holidays.

“Farm Share is humbled by the generosity of the many volunteers who are donating their free time on a Saturday to help us feed more hungry families, children, seniors and individuals in need,” stated Stephen R. Shelley, Farm Share’s Chief Operating Officer, “We also appreciate the continued partnership of our local farmers and other donors who provide us with healthy and nutritious produce and other food that enable us to hold such a large scale event.”

Farm Share provided nearly 52M pounds of food to 10.5M households during 2017; up from 2016’s efforts of 40.4M pounds. As hunger increases with a reported 14.7% of Floridians and 20.7% of its children living below the poverty line, Florida ranked 20th in food insecure households in 2017, where those in need experienced difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of money or other resources at least once during the calendar year.

WHAT: Farm Share, a non-profit whose aim is that no one will go hungry and food will not go to waste; and 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, will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost to supplement the diets of individuals and families who are most in need right before the spring holidays.

WHERE:

Farm Share, 14125 SW 320th Street, Homestead, FL 33033

WHEN:

Saturday, March 10th, 9AM-12PM

WHO:

An anticipated 1,000 cars filled with multiple families (maximum 3 per vehicle) will line the streets from the turnpike exit to SW 320th Street and 141st Avenue beginning at about 6:30AM and even the night prior in anticipation of receiving items to include approximately 100lbs of food, drinks, pastries, meats and vegetables from Farm Share and TEFAP..

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

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