Thank you for visiting Harvest Drive Florida
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.
As the impact of COVID-19 continues, we want you to know that we are closely monitoring the situation. We are diligently looking for ways to continue helping families that are food insecure in our community. That being said, we had to cancel our Spring Harvest Drive that was scheduled for April 15th at Western High School. We are pleased to report that we were able to assist 150 families with a full bag of groceries immediately after school closures with the strong support of community partners.
Harvest Drive was recently selected by the Children Services Council to purchase additional food to better serve our community. We are in the process of ordering food and planning to pack in a manner that will keep our volunteers safe and healthy. With the assistance of Children’s Services Council of Broward County, the South Florida Hunger Coalition, Holy Cross Hospital, Firewall and the Broward County Schools social workers we will still be able to distribute effectively to families in need.
Due to high demands for food at this time, we are unable to purchase all of the food that we typically order for a box packing. We are and will continue to be extremely grateful for any food donations that you are able to provide for us over these upcoming months. We are also appreciative of any monetary donations which can be used to assist families in crisis now and throughout this pandemic. If you would like to make a monetary donation or food donation please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. All monetary donations can also be made on our website www.harvestdriveflorida.com.
Thank you so much for your continued support.