Now in its 26th year, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students and community volunteers join Harvest Drive, Inc. to help families in need during the holiday season. “Children Helping Children” is the recurring theme for the Harvest Drive. Students from 180 schools participate in yearlong fundraising and collection efforts to reach the goal of providing more than 2,400 families (over 10,000 Broward County residents) with a complete Thanksgiving dinner and much more.

Community businesses, corporations, civic organizations, Parent Teacher Associations, volunteer organizations and individual donors help to sponsor the Harvest Drive by providing monetary donations to purchase perishable foods and gift cards. High school clubs throughout the District organize the collection of large quantities of food provided by neighborhood Publix and Walmart stores throughout the county.

A dedicated team of volunteers also works year-round to collect and organize quality goods to set up Harvest Drive Boutiques for the Thanksgiving holiday. Families have the opportunity to select from gently used donated clothing, books, toys, shoes and household items at the boutiques.

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The Harvest Drive is supported by the School Board of Broward County, Broward County Board of Commissioners, Davie Town Councilmembers, Weston City Commissioners, Weston Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Services Council and the South Florida Hunger Coalition.

Preparation for the families’ distribution day, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, is currently underway at designated host school locations throughout the District. Efforts include participation and coordination of hundreds of students, school personnel and community volunteers organizing donations and filling grocery bags for families. Volunteers are welcome. For more information or to volunteer, visit the Harvest Drive website at or email Amy Freund at