PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Check out the moving parts below.
Farm Share alleviates hunger in Florida by acquiring surplus produce that does not meet market standards because of size or minor imperfections from Florida’s farmers and distributing the produce and other donated goods to families in need throughout Florida. Last year, Farm Share distributed over 4 million household food packages to individuals and families in need across the state of Florida. In total, Farm Share distributed over 32 million pounds of food to Florida residents in need with over 15 million pounds consisting of fresh produce.
Farm Share also administers the USDA TEFAP commodity program in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Duval, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, Union, Alachua, Levy, Flagler, Putnam, and St. John counties. The TEFAP program provides canned, shelf-stable goods, and frozen foods for low-income households. These foods supplement Farm Share’s produce recovery program.
FARM SHARE’S FOOD RECOVERY & DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
Farm Share’s main objective is to recover and distribute surplus fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables. Farm Share recovers fresh produce in bulk (tractor-trailer loads, bins, boxes and hoppers). The produce is washed, sorted, packed by volunteers and inmate labor and distributed locally, statewide, and to a network of participating social service agencies serving the homeless and low-income households throughout Florida.
In addition to Farm Share’s expansive agency network, Farm Share also has agreements with over 25 large-scale agencies located across the state of Florida. These large-scale agencies have the capacity to store and distribute over 35,000 pounds of food at a time. Our relationships with these large-scale agencies allow us to reach beyond the communities surrounding our four facilities – bringing Farm Share food to numerous Florida communities on a regular basis.
Do you want to bring Farm Share’s Big Red Truck to your community? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 1) provide nutritious food, including vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, to families in need
- 2) and supports community-oriented policing by helping local law enforcement agencies in the planning and execution of direct-community distributions in the neighborhoods they serve.
Helping law enforcement agencies distribute food in an efficient and orderly manner ensures law enforcement officers have ample opportunity to talk with community members to understand their needs. This allows law enforcement officers to play a positive role in the community, which, ultimately, improves the relationships between law enforcement officers and community members.
Throughout the years, we have dramatically increased the amount of food recovered and the number of individuals fed. The following chart represents the distribution model that Farm Share currently employs: