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 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.