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Farm Share and Florida Law Enforcement Teaming Up to Feed the Hungry and Reduce Crime

September 28th, 2017 by Jake Stofan
A pilot program hopes to connect Florida’s law enforcement and disadvantaged communities.
Preliminary results show it’s making an impact on crime.
14,000 pounds of food is up for grabs in this pilot program. 
The fresh fruits and vegetables are being handed out by law enforcement to those in the community who need it most. 
“I have a big family and yes, feeding them is hard,” said one attendee, Lindsay Foraker.
“People like myself who are retired and are on a fixed income, [it’s] very, very difficult,” said Sheryl Walker who also attended.
It’s not just about the food, Officials say it’s about making a connection between law enforcement and the public in areas where those relationships aren’t always the best.
Famed Civil Rights Lawyer Benjamin Crump says its a step in the right direction.
“People can hopefully see that we’re all in this boat together,” said Crump.
The partnership between Farm Share and law enforcement was tested in Liberty City and Jacksonville.
It’s now being tried in the State Capitol, where the crime rate is higher than anywhere else in the state.
Studies conducted by the Attorney General’s Office show a direct link between hunger and crime rates. 
“They don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. I mean it’s an innovative way to fight crime,” said Crump.
More than 400 people received food at the food drive. 
The Sheriff’s Office says it means 400 people less likely to commit crime and more likely to report crime when it occurs.
“We can help them and the community can help us do our job and that’s the best way that we can do it,” said Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Crump.
Farm Share says the success of the events in Liberty City and Jacksonville means more partnerships around the state are on the way.
To find out when the Farm Share’s Big Red truck is making a stop in your area go to the organization’s website at, Farmshare.org.

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