On any given day, 710,370 people in South Florida do not know where they will get their next meal. But if Feeding South Florida has their way, that will soon end.
The organization, which began feeding those in need in 1981, is part of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, comprised of 200 food banks throughout the United States. Feeding South Florida is ranked 35th in the nation in pounds of food distributed each year.
Since Hurricane Irma, the need for food and relief supplies has skyrocketed. Feeding South Florida’s own warehouses were without power due to the storm and unfortunately, all perishable food was lost.
But not even the loss of power and food could stop this determined group of men and women from banding together to provide support to communities affected by the storm.
Twitter cried out and businesses and individuals rallied to help support the organization which devotes $.98 of every dollar donated to the needs of South Floridians. In no time, they were delivering sandwiches to nursing homes and senior centers and distributing MRE’s at local schools.
Feeding South Florida has shown us all how to be “Florida Strong”. Appropriately, they have begun selling t-shirts with the same slogan. Here is a link for the # Florida Strong shirts.
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, located at 1101 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami, is receiving donations for Feeding South Florida Sept. 15 through Oct. 1.
The science museum is accepting food and hygienic supplies for South Florida communities affected by the storm. Monroe County and the Florida Keys will also receive donations. The museum asks for people to drop off items at the museum’s Biscayne Boulevard loading dock.
The list of needed items includes:
Water, applesauce, fruit cups, beans, canned meals, canned soups, canned tuna, canned vegetables, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, rice, water bottles and jugs.
Also: anti-bacterial wipes, body lotion, cleaning products, combs and brushes, dental floss, deodorant, dish soap, disposable diapers and wipes, hand and bath soap, hand sanitizer, and laundry detergent.
Please do not bring any items that are homemade, not in original packaging, expired, contaminated or in glass. Alcoholic beverages and energy drinks are also prohibited.
Those who cannot brings supplies can make monetary donations at FeedingSouthFlorida.org.