Harvest Drive Mission Statement
The mission of the Harvest Drive, Inc. is to promote the concept of philanthropy to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students by providing the opportunity for them to give back directly to their community in a basic and meaningful way. Students working in conjunction with community partners provide food and other necessities including gently used clothing and household items to Broward County schools’ families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday and throughout the year. The Harvest Drive strives to educate students on the issue of hunger in our community and empower them to take leadership roles in lessening hunger’s devastating impact.
History of the Organization
The Harvest Drive was founded at one Broward County elementary school in August of 1992. Now, in its 26th year of service, the organization’s reach and impact have grown significantly. Not only do we have 14 distribution sites providing a week’s worth of groceries and a gift card or perishables to complete a Thanksgiving meal to over 2300 families for the Thanksgiving holiday but we also assist with gently used household necessities including clothing, shoes, kitchen items and more throughout the school year. Throughout the school year, students and community partners pack more than 1000 forty pound boxes of non-perishable food that are provided to Broward County Schools’ families in crisis on an as-needed basis. Each spring we engage in another smaller Harvest Drive at Western High to assist an additional 100 families with a week’s worth of groceries.