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The Harvest Drive is a volunteer-driven grassroots program designed to improve the lives of food insecure families in Broward County, Florida. Our 501(c)3 organization starts each school year by providing backpacks and school supplies to nearly 300 students who could not otherwise afford them. Each November, working hand in hand with the Broward County Schools and community partners, we assist more than 2500 families with a week’s worth of groceries and a gift card or perishables to complete their Thanksgiving meal. 450 of these families have the additional opportunity to shop for free for gently worn clothing and shoes, and gently used toys, books, and household items. Our November distributions occur at 14 different Broward school sites and our families are referred by Broward County Schools social workers as well as other reputable agencies like the Boys and Girls Clubs and Firewall Centers.

Hunger and crises are not seasonal. The Harvest Drive works year-round to meet our recipient families’ needs. With the support of grants and our business and community partners, we purchase and pack 44,000 lbs of food into 1100 Harvest Helping Hands food boxes. Our Boutique team collects and organizes year-round in order to be able to assist families on an emergency basis.

We cannot do any of this without our community partners, business partners and the more than 190 public and private schools who participate in the program each year. The funds raised, the food collected and the gently used household items and gently worn clothing made available to our recipient families all go directly back into our local community.

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Also, stay tuned for the reopening of our Harvest Drive Boutique in the fall.

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As the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 continues, Harvest Drive has accepted the immediate challenge of assisting food-insecure children and their families in Broward County. We have been diligently working to support families by packing food in a manner that keeps our volunteers safe and healthy while following the county’s guidelines of safe distancing and PPE.

This labor of love is a fantastic collaboration with community partners including Children’s Services Council of Broward County, the South Florida Hunger Coalition, Holy Cross Hospital, Firewall Centers, Broward County Schools social workers, United Way, and the City of Sunrise.  During March and April, we completed 3 packings, assisted 450 families, and helped to stock the WECARE Food Pantry.  Two additional packings for May are scheduled.

The Harvest Drive food team has committed to working through this summer in addition to all that we do for and with students during the school year.

Harvest Heroes

Rotary Feeds the Front Lines -  Renee Herman, Harvest Drive Founder is an integral part of the Rotary Feeds the Front Lines steering committee.  This student-guided initiative run by the Rotary Club of Weston and the cities of Sunrise and Weston supports local restaurants, front line workers, and families hardest hit by COVID-19.  Renee serves as a liaison between the funders, the restaurants, the school social workers, and the recipient families.  The appreciation expressed by these families says it all.

We greatly appreciate the gesture of our Family Gift.  Our family enjoyed a delicious dinner from Goodfellas Pizza restaurant tonight which allowed us to sit together and be delighted, forgetting for a while about the hard times our world is going through.  The children were grateful and excited about this treat, the dinner prize was talked about all day as if they had won the lottery.  In a way, we did; we are very fortunate to have been chosen within the city.  Undoubtedly this experience was remarkable; one that we will happily look back at, once these troubling times end.  Wishing you and your loved ones health and happiness,

~The P. Family

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