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Nonprofits unite to provide Irma relief assistance

For Immediate Release Friday, February 16, 2018

Press Release

NONPROFITS UNITE TO PROVIDE IRMA RELIEF ASSISTANCE Farm Share and Star of the Sea Mission Continue to Offer Assistance to Heavy Hit Florida Keys

HOMESTEAD, FL., February 16, 2018 – Months following Hurricane Irma, heavy hit Florida Keys continue to rebuild. Farm Share has provided Key’s social service agency, The Star of the Sea Mission, with mattresses and food items to help in their distribution at St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church on Saturday, February 17th.

Farm Share has assisted with the Keys recovery process since the night following the storm. With semi-truck loads of supplies and food, Farm Share’s “Big Red Trucks” joined the caravan of First Responders in support of one of the heaviest hit areas. “It’s what we do,” said Farm Share’s COO, Stephen R. Shelley. “Throughout this process we have assisted with providing donations to non-profits throughout the Florida Keys to help them help those most in need within their communities.”

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 at tomorrow’s distribution will receive mattresses and fruits and vegetables – compliments of Florida farmers and Farm Share’s donors.

Through partnerships with local non-profits, Farm Share is able to provide needed items throughout the 67 Florida counties serving millions of needy people with a myriad of items kindly donated by manufacturers, farmers, retailers, wholesalers and others. “Partnerships are the success of Farm Share,” stated Stephen R. Shelley. “Partnerships provide the product and partnerships assist Farm Share in connecting the product to the person who needs it.”

Tomorrow’s distribution will be held at St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church, 105500 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037 from 10A-1P or while supplies last. To learn more or to donate, please visit www.farmshare.org.

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

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

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