The cost of food is expected to rise as much as four percent this year, but after a budget veto, a non profit organization that gets produce from the field that would otherwise rot, into the hands of needy Floridians is facing tough times. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the farm Share Program is clinging to life.
“It needs to be distributed and there’s plenty of agencies willing to do it,” Kimsley Helms with Community Cares said. “We just need something like Farm Share to do it.”
Farm Share has gotten state funding for almost 20 years, until this year. Governor Rick Scott vetoed 750,000 dollars to fund the agency. That veto scares Jolly Moore, who helps distribute for his church to more than a hundred families.
“There’s a lot of people in need, and we do our best to try to help them out,” Moore said.
Farm Share is seeking private donations to stay afloat, and it is calling on lawmakers to override the Governor’s veto. For now, it is hanging on.
“It’s hard to even imagine that the funding is gone,” Zach Fioramanti with Farm Share said. “What we’re going to do next, we have no idea. We’re going to stay open as long as we can and keep giving the food out. It’s all we can do, until the money is gone.”
Since 1991, Farm Share has delivered more than 200 million pounds of food to Florida’s hungry. More than half of that, or 100 million pounds, was fresh produce that would have otherwise gone to waste in a field.
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