It is official The contracts have been signed. As of October the Florida Department of Agriculture has decided to allocate USDA foods through Feeding South Florida for Broward and Palm Beach Counties and Farm Share for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Our food pantry will receive USDA only through Farm Share. We have an application pending with Farm Share and a meeting planned for later this week. Hopefully, Farm Share will accept us as an agency and we can move forward in preparing for this change.
If/when we are accepted by Farm Share, both food pantries will come to the US1 location (until the Old Cutler location is completed). Distribution is planned for the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month – from 7:30am to 9:30am with preparation on Friday late afternoon. The same schedule as we are now following. We expect more clients.
Another change is that we will have to pick up our USDA food at the Farm Share in Homestead. The pickup days are yet to be determined. We are looking at our options: volunteers with trucks, purchase a truck, purchase a trailer. We are exploring grants or corporate donations as ways to purchase the truck or trailer. If you have any connections, resources, ideas, please share. Thank you to those who have already responded!
FSF will deliver USDA food through the end of September. In October, they continue to deliver only food that is ordered through Agency Express. If food is ordered, we get a delivery, but not as much. We will have to see how this plays out.
Our community food pantry is important to those in need. All of us our committed to continuing this service. Thank you for your love and support!