By: Sharon Aron Baron
Feeding South Florida, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida, is looking to the South Florida community to donate to its COVID-19 Relief Fund through the May 5 Giving Tuesday Now — a new global day of giving and unity.
Starting in early April, Feeding South Floria has helped thousands of residents each week at its Coral Springs distribution site.
Prior to the pandemic, Feeding South Florida served 706,000 individuals through its direct-service programs and local network of approximately 300 nonprofit partner agencies. The organization is now seeing approximately 1 million individuals in need of assistance and is serving over 265,000 individuals per week throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties.
In response to the increased demand, Feeding South Florida has distributed over 18 million pounds of food in its service area since March 9, 2020. In an effort to supplement closed agency sites, schools, and other meal sites, Feeding South Florida has added another 155 food distributions on top of what is normally distributed with partner agencies each week.
Prior to the pandemic, it cost Feeding South Florida $125,000 a week to operate its organization. That number has currently increased to $500,000 a week.
To jump-start, the donations Conviva Care Centers has donated $750,000, and Bank of America in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties have collectively donated $520,000. Feeding South Florida is hopeful that other organizations will help build on the support that Conviva Care Centers and Bank of America have provided, to offer even more meals to families across South Florida.
“At a time of emergency when we have an incredible need for help, we are very thankful that Conviva Care Centers and Bank of America have contributed transformative gifts to Feeding South Florida,” said Paco Vélez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida. “These donations will hopefully inspire others to donate, to help us serve the 1 million individuals who are experiencing food insecurity during COVID-19.”
Feeding South Florida is hoping to raise $2.5 million more to meet the 600 percent increase in demand it has experienced since the coronavirus pandemic began.
For every dollar of support it receives, Feeding South Florida can serve seven meals. Through their donations, Conviva Care Centers and Bank of America have already been able to provide 8,890,000 meals, and they challenge the community to provide 26,110,000 more. Those who would like to donate to Feeding South Florida’s COVID-19 Relief Fund can visit FeedingSouthFlorida.org/donate-now.
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