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 2600 families with a week’s worth of groceries and a gift card or perishables to complete their Thanksgiving meal. 500 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 40,000 lbs of food into 1000 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 180 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.
Harvest Drive 2019 is on course to be another exciting and impactful year. As of June, we have completed 5 box packing programs with Temple Dor Dorim, Ramat Shalom Synagogue, North Broward Preparatory School, staff at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and with staff at the Florida Panthers. We have raised funds and had fun at our 3rd Annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive at Flossie’s Bar & Grill, had our our 2nd Annual Bunko Day at Lago Mar Country Club, and had a night out with our Poker Tournament. We celebrated our students, administrators, social workers, and sponsors at our 3rd Annual Harvest Drive Altruism Awards at Cypress Bay High. In April, Western High School hosted our annual Spring Harvest Drive assisting over 100 families in our local community. We also partnered with Arise Virtual Solutions and are very grateful for their backpack drive. Last but not least we had our annual Thankagiving Drive in which we provided food to over 2600 families out of 14 distribution sites in Broward County and ran two harvest Drive Boutiques to assist 500 families for the holidays.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped make Harvest Drive’s 27th year a huge success.
The Harvest Drive remains a grassroots organization committed to alleviating the devastating effects of hunger and making our community a kinder place to live. We invite you to become a Harvest Hero by hosting a non-perishable food box packing, collecting non-perishable groceries for our November food distributions, coming out to one of our distribution sites to volunteer or to join our Harvest Drive Boutique team. This special group of volunteers work year-round to ensure that families going through crises, disabled children and adults, foster children and some group homes all receive much needed gently used clothing, shoes, books, toys, linens and household items.