About Us

Our Mission

Farm Share’s mission is to alleviate hunger and fight 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.

Our goal is that no Floridian goes hungry and no food goes to waste.

Overview

Established in 1991, Farm Share is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to fight poverty and alleviate hunger and malnutrition by recovering and distributing fresh and nutritious food to those who need it most, Free of Charge.

To accomplish this task, Farm Share partners with more than 2,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, churches and other not for profit agencies throughout Florida to help feed hungry communities and individuals.

Last year alone Farm Share distributed more than 55 million pounds of food to more than 17.5 million households residing in Florida’s 67 counties.  Of the 55 million pounds of food distributed, more than 20 million pounds were fresh healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Farm Share also plays a critical role as a first responder during statewide disaster relief operations  such as during hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

To maximize its ability to distribute food and engage in disaster relief operations, Farm Share has strategically positioned its warehouses in Quincy, Jacksonville, Pompano Beach, Homestead and Florida City.  Farm Share also owns and operates a fleet of semi-trucks and refrigerated box trucks that it uses to logistically plan, acquire, distribute and move food and supplies between its warehouses, donors and partner agencies.   This statewide distribution network allows Farm Share to feed hungry people from Pensacola to Key West and everywhere in between.

In addition to logistics, Farm Share also focuses on maximizing operational efficiency and utilizes inmate labor and volunteers to help carry out its mission.  This strong volunteer network and partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections allows Farm Share to keep its administrative overhead to less than one (1) percent of its operational budget and focus its monetary donations on receiving and distributing food.

The fact that Farm Share does not charge any shared maintenance or other fees for its services, allows Farm Share to feed those communities who are in need of assistance the most.  It also allows Farm Share to partner with grass roots agencies located in some of Florida’s poorest food desert communities and ensure that no Floridian is denied access to life sustaining food and water.

Partnering with Farmers to Feed The Hungry

Did you know that 40% or more of every crop harvested is thrown away or plowed under?  This equates to millions of pounds of wasted food each year.  Sadly, these crops are not thrown away because they are not edible, but instead are judged not to be pretty enough to be put on display in grocery stores and retail markets.  The only thing wrong with these fruits and vegetables is that they are slightly misshapen, discolored, blemished or too large or too small to fit in the standard grocery store packaging.  This is where Farm Share comes in.

Farm Share partners with hundreds of Farmers across the state and throughout the country to receive these fruits and vegetables and distribute them to persons in need free of charge.  This is a win/win for all parties.  The Farmers receive a tax deduction of up to two (2) times the cost of goods sold and they don’t have to watch the fruits of their labor go to waste.  The recipients of the food receive healthy and nutritious life sustaining fruits, vegetables and proteins that they could not otherwise obtain due to restrictions in income or geographic access limitations.  The environment is benefited because the crops are not left to rot in a landfill causing the release of harmful methane gas that damages the earth’s ozone layer.

Did you also know that if all of the wasted fruits and vegetables were treated as if they were their own country that it would be considered the third largest emitter of methane gas in the entire world?  Elimination of this food waste and the methane gas it emits is an imperative step in fighting climate change in addition to a critical step in helping feed the world.

Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights – 1400 Independence Avenue, SW – Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.