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Food Drives and Giveaways for Those in Need

Holiday meals and regular food distribution sites in South Florida
November 20, 2021
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Food Rescue Miami serves food weekly at Chef Creole in Little Haiti
Food Rescue Miami serves food weekly at Chef Creole in Little Haiti Photo: Food Rescue US

Food drives and giveaways continue throughout South Florida for those in need and for those looking to help. They take shape as community fridges, produce giveaways, prepared food distribution and other food campaigns.

Thanksgiving is typically a time of year for holiday food drives organized by houses of worship, business and other organizations. We'll post those below.

If you want to help as a volunteer, donate or distribute food, give money or help in any other way, here are quick links to local causes:

Miami Community Fridges
Village Free.dge
Be the Change South Florida
Green Haven Project
South Dade Mutual Aid
Urban Greenworks
Food Rescue US Miami

World Central Kitchen
Urban Oasis Project
Health in the Hood

Note: Throughout South Florida, there are ongoing efforts to distribute boxes of fresh produce, groceries and meals for anyone in need. Some giveaways are funded by donations. All of these events are subject to change, so check before heading over.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVES AND COMMUNITY MEALS

No Hunger November: Adopt a Family and Thanksgiving Food Frenzy

WHAT: Feeding South Florida has launched two initiatives for the holiday: Adopt a Family, where a $50 donation provides a family of four with a holiday meal box that includes a turkey, fresh produce, side dishes, gravy mix and dessert mix. Thanksgiving Food Frenzy invites schools, companies, organizations and groups to organize a food drive, either virtual or a collection, volunteering and promoting participation online. Top participants will get awards.
WHEN: Now underway
MORE INFO: Adopt a Family and Thanksgiving Food Frenzy

Second Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, Miami

WHAT: Multi-organizational community turkey drive with Roots Collective, Village Free.dge, Eat Well Exchange and other groups. Walk up and drive-through options.
WHEN: Tues., Nov. 23, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Roots Black House 2.0, 5525 NW 7 Ave., Miami
MORE INFO: Roots Collective

Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

WHAT: 43rd annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway by Miami Beach PAL. This event is for families with a child on free or reduced lunch at any Miami Beach or North Bay village school or families on government assistance (SNAP/WIC or EBT)
WHEN: Tues., Nov. 23, 6-8pm
WHERE: North Shore Park and Youth Center, 501 72 St.
MORE INFO: Register here.

District 8 Miami-Dade Turkey Drive

WHAT: Annual drive-through turkey and dessert drive at Peterson's Harley Davidson in Cutler Bay thanks to the Miami Dolphins Foundation, Publix, Peterson's Harley Davidson, and small local District 8 businesses Lola the Baker, The Fudge Pie Co., and Redland’s Ice Cream and Bakery.
WHEN: Nov. 23, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Peterson’s Harley Davidson, 19825 S Dixie Hwy, Cutler Bay Cutler Bay
MORE INFO: Pre-register online by sending email to district8@miamidade.gov or call 305-378-6677

Thanksgiving Fun Day

WHAT: Turkey giveaway, dance performances, bounce houses, flag football tournament, games, food and beverages at this free community-wide event from Miami Dade Parks, Commissioner Kionne McGhee, Minorities Against Injustice and the Kendall Police Dept.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Sun., Nov. 21 2-5pm
Sgt. Delancy Park, 14450 Boggs Dr., Richmond Heights

Mon., Nov. 22, 9am-11am
Homestead Air Reserve Park, 27401 SW 127 Ave.

Mon., Nov. 22, 4-6pm
Naranja Park, 14150 SW 264 St.

Tues., Nov. 23, 5pm-7pm
Everglades Village, 19308 SW 380 St., Florida City

Walk-up Food Distribution, North Beach

WHAT: Join Commissioner David Richardson for a walk up food distribution event in North Beach. Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
WHEN: Tues., Nov. 23, 9am-10am
WHERE: 7501 Collins Ave. behind the library

REFRIGERATOR/PANTRY 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 displayed their works in the latest fridges as part of the canceled Miami Art Week.
WHEN: Through Buchanan’s donation, the group has 10 fully stocked fridges to feed thousands of South Floridians in need.
WHERE:
Hialeah – Ruth A. Tinsman Pavillion, 6545 West 24th Avenue
Holland Hall, 555 East 1st Avenue
Little Haiti – FANM, 100 NE 84th Street
Wynwood – Mana Wynwood, 2222 NW 5th Avenue
Allapattah – 2198 NW 21st Street
Overtown – Overtown Optimist Club, 350 NW 12th Street
Coconut Grove – The Polished Coconut, 3600 Grand Avenue
Richmond Heights – Williams Groceries, 14660 Lincoln Boulevard
Homestead – Mr. Tutis Fruities 139 North Redland Road, Suite 11, Florida City

MORE INFO: Miami Community Fridge

Little Free Pantry

WHAT: Colorfully painted kiosks, like the Little Free Library stands, are devoted to foods. You can stop by to stock these pantries with nonperishable foods any time, or drop off food at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18 St., Boca Raton.

The Legacy Closet, 6000 W Atlantic Blvd., Margate
Chabad of Parkland, 7170 Loxahatchee Rd., Parkland
Chabad of Coral Springs, 3925 N University Dr., Coral Springs
Michelle’s International Learning House, 1800 Cathedral Dr., Margate
Temple Beth Orr, 2151 Riverside Dr., Coral Springs
The Legacy Closet, 18569 SW 104th Ave., Cutler Bay

MORE INFO: Little Free Pantry

Health in the Hood Filling Fridges

WHAT: Through their Filling Fridges program, they will provide fresh food, grocery gift cards and distributing prepared meals to local senior centers, homeless shelters and religious organizations.  
WHEN: Check their website for details.
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.

Miami Beach Walk-up Food Distribution

WHAT: First-come, first-served food distribution while supplies last. Everyone must maintain social distancing and wear a mask.
WHEN/WHERE: Aug. 12 9am–Mid-Beach (Kosher food available), 4000 Chase Ave.; Aug. 19, 9am–South Beach, 833 6th St.; North Beach, 9am–North Beach, 7501 Collins Ave.
MORE INFO: Commissioner David Richardson, 305-673-7102

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

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

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.
MORE INFO: Look for food distribution 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

Tues., Oct. 26, 9am-noon, Opa-Locka: 215 Perviz Ave.
Wed., Oct. 27, 9am-noon, Miami: Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church, 110 NE 62 St.
Fri., Oct. 29, 9am-noon, Miami Gardens: Norland Senior High School, 1193 NW 193 St.
Fri., Oct. 29, 9am-noon, Miami: Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 9225 SW 137 Ave.
Fri., Oct. 29, 9am-11am, Miami: Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Blvd.
Sat., Oct. 30, 9am-noon, Doral: J.C. Bermudez Doral Senior High School, 5005 NW 112 Ave.
Sat., Oct. 30, 10am-1pm, Florida City: 1055 NW 6 Ave.
Tues., Nov. 2, 9am-noon, Miami: Miami-Dade College Medical Campus, 1000 NW 20 St.
Wed., Nov. 3, 9am-noon, Miami: Miami Police Benevolent Assn., 2300 NW 14 St.
Tues., Nov. 9, 9am-noon, Goulds: Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 St.
Wed., Nov. 10, 9am-noon, Miami: Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 St.
Wed., Nov. 10, 9am-noon, Miami: Charles Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50 St.
Sat., Nov. 13, 11am-3pm, Doral: 10000 NW 15 Terr.
Wed., Nov. 17, 9am-noon, Miami: Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 245 NW 8 St.
Thur., Nov. 18, 9am-noon, Perrine: CHI West Perrine Health Center, 18255 Homestead Ave.
Thur., Nov. 18, 9am-noon, Miami: Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Ave.
Sat., Nov. 20, 9am-noon, Miami: Jessie Trice Community Health System, 5361 NW 22 Ave.
Sat., Nov. 20, 10am-noon, Miami: Iglesia Bautista Resurreccion, 2323 SW 27 Ave.
Thur., Dec. 9, 9am-noon, Goulds: Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 St.

BROWARD
Fri., Nov. 19, 9:30am-noon, Lauderdale Lakes: Vincent Torres Memorial Park, 4331 NW 36 St.
Sat., Nov. 20, 8am-1pm, Fort Lauderdale: Faith Center Ministries, 5555 NW 95 Ave.

SCHOOL MEALS

Miami-Dade Public Schools Meals

WHAT: Miami-Dade County Public Schools currently provides the Afterschool Meals Program, a sub-component of the Child Care Food Program under the U.S. Department of Agricultur, in more than 250 schools. The program will be implemented at two additional schools starting September 1, 2021:  Andrea Castillo Prep Academy, 10201 NW 78th St, Doral, and Palmetto Middle School, 7351 SW 128th St., Pinecrest.
WHERE: Find out more here.  

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.

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.


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. Coming up:

  • Free meals at Chef Creole Little Haiti, 200 NW 54 St., from 2-3pm every Saturday. First come, first served. One meal per person.

Volunteer and donate: https://secure.givelively.org/.../be-the-rescue-together...

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