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Farm Share Brings 88,000 Pounds of Food and Supplies to Irma Ravaged Keys

September 18th, 2017 by Jake Stofan

A week after the Florida Keys were slammed by Irma, major concerns over food and water remain on the island paradise.

The non-profit Farm Share is sending 88,000 pounds of food and supplies to those who need it most.

Hurricane Irma destroyed an estimated one out of every four homes in the Keys. It took a major toll on the area’s supplies.

 

“Anything that they need has to be brought in,” said Farm Share spokesperson Michelle Ubben.

But the trucks are giving residents a glimmer of hope; delivering a combined total of 88,000 pounds of toiletries, diapers and cleaning supplies.

Fresh fruits, vegetables and canned foods are also included.

 

“So many people are displaced. So many people are without food, water, and other essentials,” said Ubben.

Farm Share is a non profit organization. It takes blemished food too ugly for grocery store shelves and redistributes it to those in need.

Since Irma hit, Farm Share has been receiving a call every three minutes requesting food.

“Florida farmers are extremely generous. They hate to see food go to waste,” said Ubben.

On Sunday the non-profit brought 44,000 pounds of food to Miami, enough to feed between seven and 800 families.

 

“Farm Share in the past week alone has has given out over a million pounds of food,” said Ubben.

It’s not just Florida residents who need the help, Farm Share is also feeding linemen restoring power for more than 200,000 Floridians who are without it a week after the storm.

 

“Making sure that the linemen who are resorting energy to the Keys and other affected places have the food and water that they need to be able to do the really heroic jobs that they do,” said Ubben.

Farm Share’s help isn’t just for Southeast Florida.

The organization says it has future distributions planned for parts of Fort Meyers and Jacksonville.

To find out how to get involved with Farm Share or top check where they’ll be delivering food next, go to farmshare.org.

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