Hundreds line up for free food distribution
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A local food recovery and distribution program went the extra mile Saturday as it handed out hundreds of bags filled with varied edible items, free of charge, to help struggling South Florida families.
The event took place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Homestead warehouse of Farm Share, at 14125 SW 320th St. The group is the largest fresh produce program in Florida.
A long line formed early Saturday morning as people waited for stocked food packages containing a variety of fresh produce, non-perishable food and frozen meat. "It's a relief and a blessing, and thank God for it," said Renee, a grateful recipient.
Farm Share spokesperson Mia DeVane said the organization has filled a need in the community for over two decades. "Farm Share has been in the community for 21 years ... [and we serve] the greater need for free food in the community," she said.
The contents of each bag handed out at Saturday's event is enough to last the average family one week.
For satisfied recipient Alina, in the midst of tough economic times, this effort means a lot. "Yes, I'm excited," she said.
According to the organization's website, "Farm Share's mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by recovering and distributing fresh and nutritious food to those who need it most." The program has provided more than $40 million in food to Floridians under the poverty line.
Farm Share's next event is scheduled for next Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at J.C. Bermudez Park in Doral. For details, contact Gonzalo Bello at 305-593-6725, and for more information on Farm Share, log on to www.farmshare.org.
(Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)