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Food Drives and Giveaways for Those in Need

Food drives and giveaways help those in need
April 26, 2021
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Community Fridge in Coconut Grove
Community Fridge in Coconut Grove

Food drives and giveaways continue as many are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Filling fridges is a practical way to help others and reduce food waste. Buddy System Miami, Health in the Hood and The Education Fund are among those groups leading efforts to supply food and meals to the community.

Food Rescue Miami-Broward has worked with various restaurants to serve free meals at various restaurants. This month, those in need can pick up meals at Lil Greenhouse Grill in Overtown and Chef Creole in Little Haiti. Details below. 

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

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.

REFRIGERATOR PROJECTS

Miami's Community Fridges

WHAT: Buchanan’s Whisky is teaming up with Buddy System MIA, the nonprofit behind Miami’s Community Fridges, and local artists to establish and stock 10 community fridges in Miami’s most food insecure communities with free, nourishing foods, providing more than 28,000 meals to local underserved communities. Prominent Miami artists Reyna Noriega, AholSniffsGlue and Vic Garcia display their works in the latest fridges as part of the canceled Miami Art Week.
WHEN: Through Buchanan’s donation, the group hopes to ultimately reach their goal of implementing 10 fully stocked fridges by March to feed more than 9,000 South Floridians in need.
WHERE: See Reyna Noriega's work at Polished Coconut, 3600 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove; AholSniffsGlue's at The Spot, Wynwood, 3201 NW 7 Ave Circle, and Vic Garcia's at Mr Tutis Fruties, 139 N Redland Rd #11, Florida City. More locations: FANM, 100 NE 84 St., Miami; The Lunch Box, 50 NE 62 St., Miami; Williams Grocery, 14660 Lincoln Blvd., Richmond Heights.
MORE INFO: 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.

FOOD GIVEAWAYS FOR ALL IN NEED

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 Wednesday: Homestead Air Reserve Park: 27401 SW 127th Avenue, Homestead
Every Thursday: Amelia Earhart Park: 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah
Miami-Dade County Libraries offer free grab and go meals for children 18 and under at participating library branches on select days and times on Fridays and Saturdays, through Sat., June 5. Adults can pick up the meals without the child being present by providing proper identification. Details here
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is distributing breakfast and lunch pickups at all schools every Thursday from 4pm-5:30pm – seven breakfast, seven lunch and seven after-school meals. Breakfast is free while lunch is provided based on meal benefit eligibility status.

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:

BROWARD

Wed., April 28, 10am-noon, Sunrise: Sunrise at Tennis Club, 9605 W Oakland Park Blvd.
Wed., April 28, 9am-11am, Tamarac: Christian Life Center, 2699 W Commercial Blvd.
Thur., April 29, 9am-11am, Fort Lauderdale: Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9 Ave.
Thur., April 29, 9am-11am, Miramar: Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway
Fri., April 30, 8am-10am, Pembroke Pines: City Center, 601 City Center Way
Thur., May 6, 9am-11am, Pompano Beach: 1955 N. Federal Hwy.
Sat., May 8, 9am-11am, Davie: The Local Church, 1775 Flamingo Rd.
Fri., May 14, 9:30am-11:30am, Deerfield Beach: Quiet Waters Park, 401 Powerline Rd.
Mon., May 17, 9am-11am, Tamarac: Community Christian Church, 10001 W Commercial Blvd.
Thur., May 20, 9am-11am, Pompano Beach: 1955 N. Federal Hwy. Sat., May 22, 10am-noon, West Park: McTyre Park, 3501 SW 56 Ave.
Wed., May 26, 9am-11am, Tamarac: Christian Life Center, 2699 W Commercial Blvd.

MIAMI-DADE
Tues., April 27, 9am-11am, Opa-Locka: 777 Sharazad Blvd.
Wed., April 28, 9am-11am, Homestead: Air Reserve Park, 27401 SW New York Ave.
Wed., April 28, 12:30pm, Miami: Marlins Park, 1390 NW 5 St.
Thur., April 29, 9am-11am, Florida City: Loren Roberts Park, 627 NW 6 Ave.
Fri., April 30, 9am-11am, Miami: The Fair, 10901 SW 24 St.
Wed., May 5, 9am-11am, Miami: Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Ave.
Wed., May 12, 12:30pm, Miami: Marlins Park, 1390 NW 5 St.
Sat., May 15, 9am-11am, Miami: Dade County Auditorium, 2902 W Flagler St.
Wed., May 19, 9am-11am, Miami: Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Ave.

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.

MIAMI-DADE
Mon., April 26, 9:30am-12:30pm, Miami: Overtown Youth Center, 401 NW 12 St.
Tue., April 27, 10am-1pm, Homestead: 1020 Malibu Way
Wed., April 28, 9am-noon, Miami: Jose Marti Park, 351 SW 4 Ave.
Wed., April 28, 9:30am-12:30pm, Miami: Overtown Youth Center, 401 NW 12 St.
Fri., April 30, 9:30am-12:30pm, Miami: Overtown Youth Center, 401 NW 12 St.
Sat., May 1, 10am-1pm, Miami Gardens: Mount Hermon AME Church, 17800 NW 25 Ave.
Sat., May 1, 10am-1pm, Miami: Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2167 NW 64 St.
Tues., May 4, 4pm-8pm, Homestead: Redland Center, Migrant Education Program, 29355 S Dixie Hwy
Thur., May 6, North Miami: 12220 Griffing Blvd., North Miami
Sat., May 8, 10am-noon, Miami: 460 NW 36 Ct.
Sat., May 8, 10am-1pm, Miami: Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 1750 NW 3 Ave.
Tues., May 11, 9am-noon, Miami Springs: Lions Club, 301 Swallow Dr.
Sat., May 15, 9am-noon, Miami: Curtis Park, 1901 NW 24 Ave.
Sat., May 15, 10am-1pm, Miami: Jose Marti Park, 351 SW 4 Ave.
Fri., May 21, 10am-1pm, Miami: Jose Marti Park, 351 SW 4 Ave.
Sat., May 22, Miami: Freedom Temple, 2994 NW 48 St.
Sat., June 5, 9am-noon, Miami: Miami Dade College Kendall, 11011 SW 104 St.
Sat., Aug. 7, 9am-noon, Miami: Bethel Evangelicln Baptist Church, 17601 NW 2 Ave.

BROWARD
Sat., April 10, 10am-1pm, Fort Lauderdale: Caribbean Bar Foundation, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd.
Sat., May 1, 9am-noon, Fort Lauderdale: National Church of God: 2841 NW 11 St.
Fri., May 7, 9am-noon, Fort Lauderdale: Florida Fair Housing Alliance, 627 NW 17 Ave.
Sat., May 22, 10am-1pm, Weston: 16690 Saddle Club Rd.
Sat., June 12, 10am-noon, Pompano Beach: Harmony, 921 NW 6 St.

SCHOOL MEALS

Miami-Dade Public Schools Meals

WHAT: Miami-Dade County Public Schools is distributing breakfast and lunch pickups at all schools every Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm. Students can get 21 meals per student per pickup: seven breakfast, seven lunch and seven after-school meals. Breakfast is free. Lunch is provided based on meal benefit eligibility status.
WHEN: Thursdays 4-5:30pm
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.
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 www.commonthreads.org/donate.

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

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. 
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: Throughout Miami
MORE INFO: Here's their website.
WANT TO HELP? You can donate food boxes on their ordering website here.

Miami-Dade Public Libraries

WHAT: Free grab-and-go meals for children 18 and under at participating library branches.
WHEN: Select days and times on Fridays and Saturdays, through June 5. Adults may pick up the meals without the child being present by providing proper identification. 
MORE INFO: See more details and information about meal pickup here.


RESTAURANTS SERVING THOSE IN NEED

Food Rescue US Miami

They're funding local restaurants to prepare meals for local furloughed, unemployed hospitality employees, healthcare workers, and food insecure. Participating restaurants have included Chef Creole in Little Haiti, Rosie's at Copper Door in Overtown, Stephens by KUSH in Hialeah, Big Mama's BBQ in Miami, Taquiza and Rooster Overtown. Volunteer and donate: https://secure.givelively.org/.../be-the-rescue-together...

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