'I've seen their needs:' City of North Miami Beach officials host food drives for South Florida families

Carla St. Louis

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(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) The City of North Miami Beach is giving back to families and individuals experiencing hunger in South Florida.

The two upcoming food drives are available to Floridians living in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.

Commissioner Fortuna Smukler partnered with Farm Share and Joshua’s Heart Foundation, two non-profit organizations (NPO), to host four food drives that includes milk, poultry, produce, and canned goods.

It works like this: A volunteer greets you as you drive up in your car. Then a package of food is placed in your trunk. To maintain a no contact atmosphere, walk-ups will not be accepted.

Each Drive Thru Distribution Will Serve Over 1,000 Pounds of Foods

Commissioner Smukler understands how a simple meal can effect a person's day.

“During the last two years, I have volunteered at different food distributions, and I’ve seen the firsthand needs of families living in South Florida," she says. "Being raised by parents who were immigrants and knowing their struggle, it gives me great comfort to help anyone that is going through a rough patch, and more importantly, knowing that we could be preventing someone from going to sleep hungry."

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Food Drive Schedule

A list of Farm Share drive-thru food distributions held throughout North Miami Beach slated from 8 a.m. to noon.

  • Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the North Miami Beach Water Operation Center (located at 17050 NE 19th Avenue, North Miami Beach, 33162)
  • Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the Kevin R. Sims Aquatic Center at Victory Park (located at 1980 Northeast 171 Street, North Miami Beach, 33162)

Joshua’s Heart Foundation is a youth-run organization that helps people improve the quality of their lives by giving them necessities like groceries and toiletries. Farm Share partners with over 3,000 food pantries, churches, schools, and other NPOs throughout the Sunshine State to give food daily.

You do not need to be a resident of North Miami Beach to participate in the food drive. You do need to have a valid Florida license or identification card to show upon arrival.

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