It’s been a long road. And a longer one to go.
FARM SHARE DISTRIBUTES FOOD AT NO CHARGE
Farm Share was established in 1991, with an overarching goal to distribute food without fees of any kind to agencies such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food banks, churches, and more. Since its inception, we have grown to accommodate a growing hunger. Many large groups collect food donations from the public and charge a per-pound “shared maintenance fee” to your local church, soup kitchen, etc. for this food. These fees add up to hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions!) of dollars per year. If the agency cannot afford the shared maintenance fees, they do not get the food. Smaller grass-root agencies that cannot afford the shared maintenance fees get left out in the cold. Farm Share gives food to our recipient agencies without fees of any kind.
FARM SHARE OPERATES THE ONLY CHARITABLE PRODUCE PACKINGHOUSE IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES
This means that while most groups focus on canned and processed food donations, our mission remains focused on re-packing fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away. It costs more to handle this kind of food, but fresh produce is simply more nutritious than canned, and there is a nearly unlimited supply of it being thrown out every year. Farm Share receives food in bulk and has the resources to sort, pack, store and ship tractor-trailer loads of fresh food.
FARM SHARE’S administrative costs are kept surprisingly low by partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Department of Corrections. Our headquarters are located in Homestead (the heart of Miami-Dade County’s agricultural area). This provides easy access to produce farmers, packers, brokers and wholesalers who freely donate fresh fruits and vegetables, saving money on transportation costs. By utilizing the supply of bulk produce donations (42,000 lbs at a time) from Florida farmers, we don’t need to spend money on soliciting and collecting individual donations from hundreds or thousands of donation sites. There is no more efficient way to feed hungry people than the Farm Share way. FARM SHARE has the capacity to store several dozen trailer loads of both dry and frozen foods.
FARM SHARE has a public/private partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (which provides warehouse facilities, support staff, equipment, services, and state oversight) and with the Florida Department of Corrections (which provides inmates and corrections officers daily for sorting, packing and distributing donated food). More than 15,000,000 pounds of fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables are shipped each year to participating agencies throughout the Eastern seaboard.
You support our farmers who donate surplus produce so hungry families can eat.
You support our elderly who receive over 70% of distributed USDA commodities.
You support our environment by preventing surplus food from ending up in landfills.
You support efficiency. At only 1.5% admin costs, no upper level management receives money from our collected donations.
You support health and nutrition, by ensuring that fresh produce supplements the dietary needs of hungry families.
You support grass roots charitable efforts. Most of our recipients are organizations run by volunteers.