Giving Back: Feeding South Florida

Support Feeding South Florida During Hunger Action Month

Backpack Program

by Joanne Chive

The number is alarming: 784,110! That is how many people are “food insecure” in South Florida. More specifically, that is the number of children, seniors and working adults in our community that do not have access to nutritious food on a regular basis. While that statistic may surprise you, it is a realization that Feeding South Florida faces every day.

Established in 1981, Feeding South Florida provides immediate access to nutritious food to residents of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties through direct-service programs and a network of 380 nonprofit partner agencies such as pantries and congregate meal sites. The hunger relief organization is a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks.

Last fiscal year, Feeding South Florida rescued more than 44 million pounds of food, totaling 37 million meals. It is the largest and most efficient food bank in each of the counties it serves, and more than 98 percent of all donations are put back into the community.

Feeding South Florida provides more than just food. “We help seniors, veterans, working families and children learn, thrive and live,” says Paco Vélez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida. “We offer education and training programs and work with families to climb out of dependency and move from feeding assistance to becoming self-sufficient.”

Get Involved: September has been designated as Hunger Action Month. Visit and check out the “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar to learn how you can “go orange” and support hunger relief projects by donating, participating in community events, or volunteering. For every $1 raised, the organization can provide six meals.

Feeding South Florida, 2501 SW 32nd Terrace, Pembroke Park; 954.518.1818;

Coming Soon: Palm Beach County Branch, 4925 Park Ridge Blvd., Boynton Beach

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