CORAL SPRINGS, FL - There is plenty of free food for those in need in South Florida during the COVID-19 Pandemic. While many Americans are out of work, it's becoming more challenging to put food on the table for the family.

Thankfully, several organizations in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties are making it a priority to feed families all across South Florida. They are offering free food distributions, free meals, and plenty of other resources to help. Students and seniors are not left out. These resources will help get the essential sustenance needed during these times.

Here is a list of organizations, pantries and food drives you can access for food for those in need in South Florida during COVID-19 Pandemic:

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Feeding South Florida (All Counties) has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to help support those in need during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The nonprofit serves Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties and provides “direct-service programs” including benefits application assistance, access to its food pantry, and home delivery for qualified individuals. To see a list of dates and locations for food distributions throughout South Florida from Palm Beach to the Keys, click here.

Farm Share (All Counties) is hosting several drive-thru only food drives in South Florida to help during the COVID-19 shutdown. To get food, attendees must arrive at the locations in a vehicle that has a trunk or cargo bed. Click here for a list of locations and upcoming dates.

Meals on Wheels South Florida  (Broward County) provides home meal delivery to homebound seniors who are 60 or older in Broward County. There are a variety of service options, including the Older Americans Act funded program (which gives free meals), Complete Cuisine (private pay services), and Medicaid waiver options. The program also has services for emergency meals, food for pets, and grocery shopping assistance.

Meals on Wheels Palm Beach (Palm Beach County)  Providing the same service as its counterparts in Broward and Miami-Dade,  homebound seniors who are 60 or older in Palm Beach County can register to receive meals.  There are a variety of service options including the Older Americans Act funded program (which gives free meals), Complete Cuisine (private pay services), and Medicaid waiver options. The program also has services for emergency meals, food for pets, and grocery shopping assistance. Visit www.mowsoflo.org/home-meal-delivery or call 954-714-6946

Miami-Dade County’s “Meal on Wheels” provides home-delivered meals each week to low-income and/or ill individuals who are at least 60 and have disabilities or are homebound. The individual’s spouse may also be eligible for meals along with anyone who is under 60, has disabilities, is dependent on care, and lives with an eligible recipient.  The program provides seven frozen meals each week, along with fresh fruits, milk, and other food items. Call 786-469-4707 to determine eligibility.

The Palm Beach County Food Bank (PBCFB) supports close to 200 partner agencies that provide food to our neighbors in need.  Our partner agencies are food pantries, soup kitchens, residential facilities, and other social services organizations that are located throughout Palm Beach County.

To view the list of PBCFB’s partner agencies, please click here or click on the picture below.  Each agency has specific hours, so please be sure to contact them before you visit their location. If you need additional assistance in addition to food, please call 2-1-1 or 561-383-1112 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CROS Ministries (Palm Beach County)  The delivery of service continues with some changes in line with CDC and governmental recommendations. Five of the agency’s eight pantries remain open and distributing pre-made bags of food during normal hours and days of operations. Please click here for times of operations, locations, and updates. The Caring Kitchen program in Delray Beach is serving to-go meals from one location, the Delray Beach Public Library, parking lot 100 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. One meal per person. Bag lunches continue to be given out at Cason United Methodist Church 342 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, every Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:30 am.

Boca Helping Hands (Palm Beach County) Maintaining modified operations and is available for qualified Boca Raton families to receive food through the TEFAP commodities program. Apply at distribution points (East Boca and Boynton Beach) for supplemental bags of groceries and frozen meat and/or fresh produce, when available. Note: both sites serving drive-thru hot lunch meals from 11:00 am- 12:30 pm open to all PBC residents

East Boca:1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton 9:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday

Boynton Beach: First Baptist Church Boynton Beach, 301 N Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

Ula Zucker Williams, of Coral Springs, is a real estate advisor with Compass Florida LLC, with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.