Food Giveaways for Those in Need

Filling community fridges for those in need is the latest way to help
October 12, 2020
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Chef Creole in Little Haiti is the latest location for Food Rescue
Chef Creole in Little Haiti is the latest location for Food Rescue

Food Rescue Miami-Broward is now serving free meals on Tuesdays and Thursday at Chef Creole in Little Haiti. "Six months of this and we have provided over 100,000 meals from over 12 restaurants," says Ellen Bowen of Food Rescue. Details below.

Multiple groups are filling fridges for those in need. The latest is The Education Fund, sharing food forest greens from their school gardens at community fridges in Overtown and Liberty City. Others include Health in the Hood and community fridge projects by Roots Collective Black House and Buddy System. Adopt-a-Family is another grassroots effort to help local residents. Details below.

Broward and Miami-Dade Schools are distributing grab-and-go meals every week under the new school year. Info below.

The City of North Miami Beach is offering food delivery distribution for their residents. Details here.

Alonzo Mourning and Farm Share are doing food giveaways at the Overtown Youth Center Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 8am.

Many Miami-Dade Public Library branches are offering grab-and-go meals every Friday. See below.

Food Rescue US Miami has opened community kitchens for free meals for anyone in need. Details below.

Urban Oasis Project's website includes options to give produce to those in need. Info below.

Common Threads is leading a food box initiative for Miami-Dade school families. Info below.

Unity Groves is now hosting produce boxes via Farmers to Families. Details below.

Hands of God + Seed of Hope Ministries is hosting produce boxes on Saturdays starting July 11. Details below.

Farms to Studios: Artist Relief Distribution is distributing food boxes. Details below.

The Miami Marlins and Tito's Handmade Vodka have teamed up to offer meals to out-of-work hospitality employees. Details below.

Meals for Heroes Miami lets donors write a note to accompany their meals for frontline workers. Details below.

Miami Dolphins Foundation has launched a program to feed those in need. Details below.

Adopt-a-Box's local produce box team of Redland Ahead, Taste of Redland and Unity Groves is now handling the USDA Farms to Families program distributing food boxes through August throughout South Florida. Redland Ahead is hosting a weekly drive-up distribution of 800 produce boxes every Saturday at 9am at Larry & Penny Thompson Park and at Miami-Dade County Auditorium at 11am.

Note: Throughout South Florida, there are ongoing efforts to distribute boxes of fresh produce, groceries and meals for anyone in need. Nearly all require you to drive up. They don't allow walkups. Many of these giveaways are funded by donation; see Relief for Out-of-Work Hospitality Employees, below, for ways to help financially. All of these events are subject to change, so check before heading over.


Miami-Dade County Food Distribution

WHAT: These sites include churches, businesses and parks. All events are drive-through. Residents must wear masks, stay in their vehicles and open their trunks when it's their turn in line.
WHEN: See below. 9am-11am
MORE INFO: Miami-Dade County Food Distribution Sites

Every Tuesday: Tropical Park: 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami
Every Wednesday: Homestead Air Reserve Park: 27401 SW 127th Avenue, Homestead
Every Thursday: Amelia Earhart Park: 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah
Every Friday: Greynolds Park: 18501 NE 22nd Avenue, North Miami Beach

Feeding South Florida Distribution

WHAT: This organization distributes food regularly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and also does one-time food giveaways.
WHEN: Drive-through distributions:


Wed., Oct. 14, 9am-11am, Tamarac: 2699 W Commercial Blvd.
Wed., Oct. 14, 10am-noon, Sunrise: Sunrise at Tennis Club, 9605 W Oakland Park Blvd.
Thur., Oct. 15, 9am-11am, Miramar: Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway
Thur., Oct. 15, 9am-11am, Fort Lauderdale: Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9 Ave.
Fri., Oct. 16, 9:30-11:30, Deerfield Beach: Quiet Waters Park, 401 Powerline Rd.
Fri., Oct. 16, 8am-10am, Pembroke Pines: City Center, 601 City Center Way
Thur., Oct. 22, 9am-11am, Pompano Beach: 1955 N. Federal Highway
Sat., Oct. 24, 9am-11am, North Lauderdale: 957 Rock Island Rd.
Sat., Oct. 24, 10am-noon, West Park: McTyre Park, 3501 SW 56 Ave.


Wed., Oct. 14, 9am-11am, Homestead: Air Reserve Park, 27401 SW New York Ave.
Wed., Oct. 14, 12:30, Miami: Marlins Park, 1390 NW 5 St.
Thur., Oct. 15, 9am-11am, Florida City: Loren Roberts Park, 627 NW 6 Ave.
Thur., Oct. 15, 9am-11am, Hialeah: Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E 65 St.
Fri., Oct. 16, 9am-11am, Miami: The Fair Grounds, 10901 SW 24 St.
Thur., Oct. 17, 9am-11am, Miami Lakes: HOPE Miami Lakes United Methodist Church, 14800 Ludlam Rd.

MORE INFO: These sites provide drive-through service only. No walk-ups. Full list here.
WANT TO HELP? Donate to the Feeding South Florida COVID-19 Response Fund. Donate here. Volunteer here.

Farm Share Distribution

Free drive-through food distribution for families in need. Bring a large canvas bag or box. We'll update locations, or follow here for upcoming dates and locations. Drive-up only; no walk-ins. More here.

Tues., Oct. 13, 9am-noon, Hialeah: Santa Barbara Catholic Church, 6801 W 30 Ave.
Tues., Oct. 13, 9am-noon, Miami: 1898 NW 43 St.
Wed., Oct. 14, 9am-noon, Wynwood: Mana Convention Center, 2217 NW 5 Ave.
Fri., Oct. 16, 9am-noon, Homestead: Iglesia Cristiana El Buen Samaritano, 13550 SW 256 St.
Fri., Oct. 16, 9am-noon, Homestead: TruckMax Homestead, 29029 S Dixie Hwy.
Fri., Oct. 16, 9am-noon, South Miami: 6110 SW 68 St.
Sat., Oct. 17, 11am-2pm, Pompano Beach: Masonic Lodge, 921 NW 6 St.
Tues., Oct. 20, 9am-noon, Hialeah: Santa Barbara Catholic Church, 6801 W 30 Ave.
Wed., Oct. 21, 10am-1pm, Miami: Gibson Park, 401 NW 12 St.
Fri., Oct. 23, 10am-1pm, Opa-Locka: 777 Sharazad Blvd.
Sat., Oct. 24, 9am-noon, Miami: 2994 NW 48 St.
Sat., Oct. 24, 10am-1pm, Miami: Next Level Faith Center, 2275 NW 62 St.
Tues., Oct. 27, 9am-noon, Hialeah: Santa Barbara Catholic Church, 6801 W 30 Ave.
Wed., Oct. 28, 9am-noon, Miami: Henderson Park, 950 NW 3 St.
Sat., Oct. 31, 9am-noon, Homestead: 600 SW 14 Ave.
Tue., Nov. 10, 9am-noon, Doral: Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87 Ave.
Fri., Nov. 13, 9am-noon, Homestead: Homestead Middle School, 650 NW 2 Ave.
Thur., Dec. 17, 9am-noon, Homestead: Homestead Middle School, 650 NW 2 Ave.

Farmers to Families

WHAT: Florida-grown produce boxes are put together and distributed to those in need as part of the USDA program Farmers to Families. Unity Groves, Taste of Redland and Redland Ahead are working together for this program.
WHEN: Different sites
WHERE: 1400 SW 1 Street, Miami
MORE INFO: Kiwanis of Little Havana


Buddy System/Miami Community Fridge

WHAT: Community refrigerators in public spaces in food-insecure areas stocked with foods to be shared among the community. Anyone can put food in, and take food out.
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: Harba Food Store, 1003 NW 3 Ave., Miami
MORE INFO: Buddy System/Miami Community Fridge

Community Refrigerator at Roots Black House

WHAT: Free food available to community members 24/7 in a fridge. Those in need can take what they want; anyone can donate food here, too. Greens grown in school food forests from The Education Fund are part of the offerings.
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: Roots Collective print shop, 5505 NW 7 Ave.
MORE INFO: Roots Collective

Health in the Hood Filling Fridges

WHAT: Through their Filling Fridges program, they will provide fresh food, grocery gift cards and distributing prepared meals. 300 Prepared meals are delivered to local senior centers, homeless shelters, religious organizations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Displaced workers are eligible to receive $100 grocery store gift cards to help themselves and their families.  
WHEN: Regular distributions with the Opa Locka Community Development Corp. to distribute fresh produce bags every Tues. and Thurs. at 11am.
WHERE: The Pull Up Pantry at 675 Ali Baba Ave.
MORE INFO: Pull up, pop your trunk, and they'll load fresh groceries. Details here.
WANT TO HELP? To connect with a group in need or volunteer, email Asha Walker. To donate, go here. Partners include The Office of City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Lotus House, Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation, WOW Center, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, The Edison Senior Community Center, Feeding South Florida, Miami-Dade Schools, Jewish Community Services Kosher Food Bank, Farm Share and Eat Clean.

Adopt-a-Family Operation Fill the Fridge

WHAT: A group of women began feeding families in Miami Beach who are part of the hospitality workforce, dishwashers, cooks, delivery people, valet, construction, housekeepers and others who have not been able to work since the quarantine began. They started a GoFundMe account to raise money to help them with expenses, visiting the same "adopted" families regularly.
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: Miami Beach
WANT TO HELP? Contribute to their GoFundMe account.

Miami-Dade Public Schools Meals

WHAT: Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch pick-ups for enrolled Miami-Dade public school students take place at all schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-6pm. Breakfast is free for all Miami-Dade public school students. Lunch is provided based on meal benefit eligibility status: no charge for students who qualify for free lunch, reduced-price lunch is .40, full-price lunch is $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 for secondary students. Lunch payments must be made online using Cash payments not accepted.
WHEN: Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-1pm
WHERE: All schools
MORE INFO: Visit their site.

Broward Public Schools Meals

WHAT: Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch pick-ups for enrolled public school students are available at all schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm. Breakfast is free for all public school students. Lunch is provided based on meal benefit eligibility status: no charge for students who qualify for free lunch. Reduced-price lunch is .40, full-price lunch is $2 for elementary, $2.35 for middle school and $2.50 for high school students.
WHEN: Tuesdays 10am-1pm.
WHERE: List of schools here.
MORE INFO: Here's their website. Apply for reduced meals here.

Common Threads Leads Effort to Provide Family Meals for Families

WHAT: Common Threads is teaming up with Florida Blue Foundation, The Batchelor Foundation, Urban Oasis Project and Publix to provide family meals and grocery boxes for 160 pre-selected families from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Fresh produce, chef-prepared meals and educational materials to help families navigate COVID-19.
WHEN: Currently scheduled through mid-June (but may be extended depending on the availability of funding).
WHERE: Morningside K-8 Academy, W.J. Bryan Elementary School, Frederick Douglass Elementary School and Westview/Carrie P. Meek K-8 Center.
MORE INFO: "As schools moved toward virtual education, so many Miami children and families lost access to food. Common Threads provides meals and snacks in its school nutrition and culinary education programs, and this project allows us to reach many of our families during the pandemic,” says Linda Novick O’Keefe, Common Threads co-founder and chief executive officer.
WANT TO HELP? To donate visit

Miami Dolphins Foundation Helps Feed Food-Insecure Residents

WHAT: Through the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and the Miami Dolphins organization have committed $2 million to fund a minimum of 1,000 meals each weekday for up to one year to assist those in need of hunger relief and with food insecurities.
WHEN: Food distribution each weekday begins Mon., June 1 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
WHERE: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
MORE INFO: All donations of $50 or more will get a special Miami Dolphins gift.

WANT TO HELP? Donate here

Overtown Community Fridge: Natalie Galindo, Vanessa Gomez, Fania Celestin
Photo 1: Overtown Community Fridge: Natalie Galindo, Vanessa Gomez, Fania Celestin
Photo 2: Adopt-a-Box Photo: Redland Ahead

Miami-Dade Schools Grab n Go

WHAT: Miami-Dade County Public Schools will provide free meals to students at 50 locations throughout the county. Parents can get meals for multiple days at a time.
WHEN: Tues. and Fri. from 10am-1pm while schools are closed.
WHERE: Here's the map of schools where students can get free meals. More info here.

Urban Oasis Project Food Accessibility Projects

WHAT: Food and veggie boxes for those in need, including people being bailed out of jail and their families, through @FemPowerMia; veggie boxes for folks in homeless camps in Miami every week. They are also working to connect with schools and other organizations to help spread the word about their EBT/SNAP food stamp doubling program. Check their website for more information. You can
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: Throughout Miami
MORE INFO: Here's their website.
WANT TO HELP? You can donate food boxes on their ordering website here.

Adopt-a-Box Helps Community, Farmers

WHAT: 20-lb boxes of local and Florida-grown fruits and vegetables distributed to families who need help. First come, first served.
WHEN: Every Saturday 
WHERE: Miami-Dade County Auditorium and Larry and Penny Thompson Park.
MORE INFO: Boxes are safely packed with the Taste of Redland team at Unity Groves, a PRIMUS certified facility, and distributed by Redland Ahead, a non-profit farming operation that trains veterans and underserved communities to become farmers.
WANT TO HELP? If you want to donate to this effort, go here. Funds will be used to support local farms by purchasing their fruits and vegetables.

Farms to Studios: Artist Relief Distribution

WHAT: The Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc. (DVCAI) is partnering with Homestead farmers to prepare boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables for artists on a bi-weekly basis until the beginning of August. The boxes will be filled with $25 worth of fresh food
WHEN: Every other Saturday from May 23 between noon-2pm. You must sign up first.
WHERE: Bay Shore Lutheran Church lawn, 5051 Biscayne Blvd.
WANT TO HELP? $25 buys a box. Donate here.


Boia De Meals for Those in Need

WHAT: Meatball sub, salad, drink for first responders, hospital workers, unemployed, anyone experiencing food insecurity. First come, first served.
WHEN: Check their social media.
WHERE: 5205 NE 2 Ave., Miami

Food Rescue US + Chef Creole, Miami Gardens

Their latest Community Kitchen is at Chef Creole in Little Haiti at Chef Creole, 20356 NW 2 Ave in Miami Gardens, provides jobs for employees while giving a free meal for the furloughed, unemployed, first responders, hospital workers, or anyone who needs a free meal. First come, first served. Drive-through pickup.

Cafe La Trova + Food Rescue US – Miami Broward

James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein is preparing 500 delicious meals to give to the community through the Food Rescue US Community Kitchen program.June 24 3pm-5pm at Cafe La Trova in Little Havana.

Unity Groves Farmers to Families + Mangrove Mikes + Brutus Seafood in the Keys

Families can get fresh produce boxes every Tuesday evening from 5pm-7pm and Saturday morning 9am-11 at Brutus Seafood 6950 Overseas Highway Marathon. The initiative comes via United Groves Farmers to Families along with Mangrove Mikes Cafe & Catering, Brutus Seafood, Sweet Savannah's Bake Shop & Ice Cream Cafe. 

Coral Gables Foundation Free Meals at Someone's Son

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is distributing complimentary meals to those who have lost their jobs or have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. These meals are provided through the Foundation’s Community Response Fund and are being prepared by Threefold Café. The takeout-only meals will be distributed according with social distancing guidelines at the location of Someone’s Son, on the corner of Douglas Road and Eighth Street, Mon.-Fri. starting at 4pm.
Coral Gables Foundation

Three Wynwood Meals

Three temporarily closed its doors but the Wynwood restaurant is providing a hot meal to any restaurant or hospitality worker who has been displaced or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitality workers can pick up their complimentary “Family Meal” every Wednesday from noon-2PM at Three and can sign up via Eventbrite.

305 Feeds Helps Restaurants Feed People

This new community fund that buys meals from local restaurants to feed local organizations. These include restaurant gift certificates distributed to families in need; boxed meal distributions packaged by local restaurants; or restaurant-catered buffets delivered to group homes and shelters. Initiatives will benefit Lotus House Women's Shelter and a summer meal plan for Kristi House Children's Advocacy Center.

Meals for Heroes picks up from Stubborn Seed
Meals for Heroes delivery Photo: Meals for Heroes
Photo 1: Meals for Heroes picks up from Stubborn Seed Photo: Meals for Heroes
Photo 2: Meals for Heroes delivery Photo: Meals for Heroes


Meals for Heroes Miami

WHAT: Feeding stressed and exhausted frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing revenue and protect jobs at local Miami restaurants.
They’ve purchased and delivered thousands of warm meals to doctors, nurses, EMS and first responder teams, drive-through virus testing employees, and other frontline workers from restaurant partners like Joe’s Stone Crab, Stubborn Seed, Yardbird, SuViche and Novecento.
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: In Miami
MORE INFO: They rely on donations for their hundreds of meals per day now but could do thousands if they raised the funds. $20 buys a frontline worker a warm meal. They also offer the capability for donors to write a note for the frontline workers along with the meal.
ANYTHING ELSE: Find out more here.

Coyo Taco provided meals at Mount Sinai Hospital
Press and Grind is donating to healthcare workers in Broward
Photo 1: Coyo Taco provided meals at Mount Sinai Hospital
Photo 2: Press and Grind donates to healthcare workers in Broward

Serving the Frontline for Healthcare Workers

WHAT:  A coalition of seven Miami restaurants is provide daily lunches to essential healthcare workers at South Florida hospitals. Participating restaurants are Naomi’s Garden, Ristorante Fratelli Milano, Vista, Carrot Express, Coyo Taco, Baby Jane Cocktail House and Eatery and Bebito’s.
WHEN: Daily
WHERE: Baptist Health South Florida’s Brickell, Coral Gables and Miami Beach locations; Mercy Hospital; Mount Sinai Medical Center in Aventura, Hialeah and Miami Beach, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital and Tenet Health hospitals (North Shore, Palmetto, Coral Gables and Hialeah).
MORE INFO: This project is being funded in large part by W5 Group, the family office of Miami-based real estate entrepreneur and investor Ralph Winter. So far, more than 2,430 meals have been served to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, to donate or to learn more about volunteering with this effort, click here.

Press & Grind Cafe Raises Funds for Frontline Workers

WHAT: Since mid-March, employees at the neighborhood coffee shop and eatery, which has two locations in the Fort Lauderdale area, have raised nearly $10,000 to feed local healthcare professionals, firefighters, police stations, 911 call centers and others on the front lines. Through donations on its GoFundMe page, Facebook and in-store, Press & Grind Café has prepared, packaged and delivered healthy meals to more than 1,500 first responders throughout the South Florida community.
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: Press & Grind Cafe is located in Victoria Park and on 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale
MORE INFO: Donate here.

Angry Booch Kombucha for Hospital Workers

WHAT: Donate a case of Angry Booch kombucha to a hospital's front-line workers to support their health. Purchase a case and the Palmetto Bay business will package it and deliver it to a hospital.
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: Buy a case here.
MORE INFO: Each case is $50.

Plant-based Immunity Meals for Hospital Workers

To build up the immune systems of South Florida nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers, The Sacred Space is mobilizing teams at Plant Miami and Paradise Farms to deliver farm-harvested meals. Chefs Horacio Rivadero and Chef Veronica Manolizi are creating dishes containing superfood ingredients, known for their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, like kale, ginger, mushrooms and fresh herbs. The program kicks off this week with three days of deliveries to the UHealth Tower at the University of Miami Health System. A fundraising campaign, launched by Dascal through GoFundMe, is utilizing 100 percent of proceeds to fund meal creation and expand delivery coordination throughout hospitals across South Florida. 
Plant-based Foods for Hospital Workers

Green Bar & Kitchen Hosts Meals for First Responders

Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale, is offering complimentary healthy meals to local first responders, in partnership with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department & Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police. Regardless of their agency, any first responder who comes by during these times can enjoy a free meal from 12-2p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. They’re also working on initiatives to help support two local area hospitals. takeout patrons to add $10 when ordering takeout online at Green Bar & Kitchen to be used for future meals for our local first responders.
Order here.

Buy a Dozen Pastelitos, Get Six to Give Away

On Fridays, Vicky Bakery will give six guava pastelitos when you buy a dozen, meant to share with frontline workers. Vicky Bakery is located in Coral Gables, Cooper City, Davie, Doral, East Flagler, East Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miramar, Palmetto Bay, Pembroke Pines, Hialeah.
More here.

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