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Local Officials Partner with Charity to Continue to Rebuild Community

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Press Release

Local Officials Partner with Charity to Continue to Rebuild Community

Hard Hit Everglades City Provides Relief to Residents

EVERGLADES CITY, FL., January 11, 2018 – Nestled at the mouth of the Barron River, on Chokoloskee Bay, sits Everglades City, a tropical savanna paradise with approximately 500 residents. On that fateful night of Sunday, September 10th, 2017, Hurricane Irma’s floods made landfall on this unique city.

Once Collier County, Florida’s county seat, Everglades City is the hub of the Gulf Coast Visitor Center for Everglades National Park. With approximately 350 housing units, “an estimated three-quarters of the area’s buildings – many of which were uninsured – were flooded by up to three or four feet of water,” stated Mayor Grimm, Everglades City’s elected official. “It’s going to take years,” Grimm said when initially asked about a recovery timeline.

With the assistance of City officials, neighbors helping neighbors, FEMA and others, Everglades City’s Recovery web-site shows approximately 60% of the houses are still in need of repair with nearly 40% of the businesses still not fully operational.

With the months following Irma, the focus of re-building has been in full swing for most of the residents. “We are in need of so many things and are grateful to receive any help we can get,” stated a resident who choose not be identified. With three loaded semi-trucks filled with relieve furniture donated to Farm Share through Rooms To Go and private donors, Farm Share’s “Big Red Trucks” rolled into Everglades City early this morning with living room furniture, dining room sets and bedroom furniture, enough for previously identified households who were ready to receive replacement items following their rebuilding efforts.

Although known to recover fruits and vegetables from local farmers and trucking food to hungry Floridians, this was a different load and a different means of helping hurting Floridians in Everglades City, FL. “Today showed the versatility of the efforts of Farm Share in helping Floridians most in need, “stated Gussie Flynn, Director of Communications and Marketing for Farm Share. “We are grateful we have the ability to receive donated goods such as those received from Rooms To Go and truck it to our West Coast neighbors as we hear of their successes in the recovery process,” stated Stephen R. Shelley, Farm Share’s Chief Operating Officer.

With City officials, law enforcement officers and Everglades City Firefighters ready to help, nearly ninety thousand pounds of furniture was off-loaded and processed in preparation for an upcoming distribution date.

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 farmshare.org

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

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