Responding to the closure of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in St. Petersburg’s Midtown, Farm Share, Inc. has donated approximately 138,236 pounds of food for the St. Petersburg neighborhood searching to secure a new grocery store.
The donation, which was organized by Farm Share in partnership with St. Pete Free Clinic, included cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, mashed potatoes, milk, Quaker oats, juices, and much more. Last month alone, Farm Share distributed 102,599 pounds of food to more than three thousand households in Pinellas County. This month, Farm Share will concentrate on providing much-needed food to afflicted families in St. Petersburg, Midtown. Due to the Walmart closure, Midtown residents will have no major grocery store within a convenient distance for the neighborhood’s many residents without a car. For elderly or disabled residents and parents with small children, that’s a major obstacle to obtaining basic necessities.
“Good, nutritious food is key to the Midtown community’s recovery right now. Our donation provides a variety of quality, produce, protein, and shelf stable goods,” said Stephen Shelley, COO at Farm Share, Inc. “Our goal is to provide as much food as we can for the Midtown community during this tough time for residents, we believe it is our responsibility to help the community during this time” he added.
Through its five statewide facilities located in Homestead, Florida City,
Farm Share truck packed and ready to head to St. Petersburg, FL
Pompano Beach, Jacksonville and Quincy, Farm Share is uniquely positioned across the state of Florida to help in special relief initiatives statewide. Farm Share delivered its first four tractor trailer loads early this week with an initial shipment of 84,382 pounds of food from Farm Share Homestead, a shipment totaling 40,851 pounds from Farm Share Jacksonville, and 13,003 pounds from Farm Share Quincy. Farm Share will continue further donations throughout the month of March.
If you would like to help Farm Share and St. Pete Free Clinic assist with the food crisis in Midtown, please contact 305.246.3276. For more information about Farm Share events, volunteering, or becoming a partner agency please visit www.farmshare.org