On March 26-27, Farm Share – a leading Florida-based charitable food organization – will be present at the Capitol to support Children’s Week and Senior’s Day by providing free breakfast, t-shirts, and supplies to 3,000+ kids, as well as free lunches for seniors as they meet with legislators.
- In Florida, 22.7% of children under 18 experience food insecurity, according to No Kid Hungry.
- AARP reports that seniors face a healthcare bill of more than $130 billion every year due to medical issues stemming from senior hunger.
Farm Share Quincy Facility Manager Dave Reynolds will be onsite and available during these events if you’re covering these stories and would like an interview to discuss the organization’s efforts.
Farm Share Activities:
- Children’s Week at the Capitol: March 26 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- To celebrate and support Florida’s youth, the Farm Share team will be onsite to provide breakfast, t-shirts and other needed supplies to the children as they tour the Capitol.
- Senior’s Day at the Capitol: March 27 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- The Farm Share team will provide lunch/brunch to visiting seniors.
WHAT: During the 2019 Legislative Session, Farm Share, a leading Florida-based charitable food organization, is investing in two of Florida’s most valuable resources — children and seniors. The 28-year-old organization will be at the State Capitol for Florida Children’s Week and Florida Senior Day on Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27 to provide food and supplies to community members.
Recent studies have shown that America’s youth and seniors are the most vulnerable to malnutrition and hunger. In fact, 22.7% of children under 18 in Florida experience food insecurity, according to No Kid Hungry, while the AARP reports that seniors face a healthcare bill of more than $130 billion every year due to medical issues stemming from senior hunger.
Farm Share works hand-in-hand with Florida farmers to recover “ugly,” yet nutritious, produce that doesn’t meet the qualifications for commercial stores. Since its inception in 1991, Farm Share has distributed more than 525 million pounds of food to Florida families in all 67 counties at no cost.
Farm Share is excited to support Children’s Week and Senior’s Day by being on site to distribute free lunches, food, supplies, t-shirts, and more at the Capitol.
WHERE: Florida Capitol (400 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399)
WHEN: Children’s Week at the Capitol: March 26 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Senior’s Day at the Capitol: March 27 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ABOUT FARM SHARE
Founded in 1991, food waste led to the creation of one of the nation’s most sustainable food charities, Farm Share. The organization’s founder, Patricia Robbins Alger, discovered that thousands of pounds of perfectly good fruits and vegetables were discarded daily by farmers and others because they weren’t “pretty” enough to sell commercially. Using the fresh produce for good, Farm Share began to distribute the food to agencies, soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and churches at no cost, helping feed Florida’s most in need residents. Today, Farm Share serves more than 2,000 partnering agencies and provides more than 55 million pounds of food annually – still at no cost – with the help of thousands of volunteers. For every dollar donated, Farm Share can distribute 10 pounds of food. To learn more visit www.FarmShare.org.