Farm Share set a record this past December by acquiring and moving more than 2.8 million pounds of healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables! This is the most produce Farm Share has acquired in a single month in its 25 year history and broke Farm Share’s prior monthly record by more than 400,000 pounds. Farm Share also moved an additional 2.7 million pounds of non-perishable canned goods and other food products for total of 5.5 million pounds of food acquired and moved during the month of December.
“This record breaking accomplishment would not be possible without the support that Farm Share receives from the Governor, the Florida Legislature and its partnerships with Florida’s farmers. As a result of the Legislatures concern for Florida’s more than 3.2 million children, families, senior citizens and individuals who are hungry and living in poverty, they have provided ever increasing financial support to ensure Farm Share has the resources it needs to feed those in need,” commended Stephen Shelley, Farm Share’s COO. “It takes significant resources, equipment, facilities and man power to acquire, pack, store, prepare and distribute large quantities of produce statewide. The more monetary donations
Farm Share is blessed with receiving the more produce Farm Share can stop from being wasted and the more people Farm Share can feed throughout the state of Florida.”
The bulk of Farm Share’s fresh produce donations come directly from Florida’s farmers who have historically had 40% of their crop each year go to waste. Now, instead of letting their unsold crops be dumped in a landfill or plowed back under, an increasing number of farmers are donating their healthy and nutrition fruits and vegetable to Farm Share to help feed the hungry. In exchange for their donation the farmers receive a federal income tax deduction valued at up to 200% of their cost of goods sold making this a win-win scenario and enticing more farmers to partner with Farm Share to feed Florida’s hungry.
“We are really proud to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause,” said Mario Dominguez, Owner of Mifinca Fresh Produce. “A large percentage of our produce would go to waste without our long standing partnership with Farm Share. Donating to Farm Share has proven to yield incredible results for both our business and the community in need. We encourage leaders in our industry to follow our path,” he added.
Last year Farm Share distributed more than 40 million pounds of food to nearly 6.5 million households in partnership with more than 11,000 agencies across the state of Florida. With record breaking months like this past December Farm Share is on pace for another record year.
For more information about Farm Share events, volunteering, or becoming a partner agency please visit www.farmshare.org