Feeding Florida strives for exemplary service to farmer and rancher partners. We can arrange to have donations picked up within 48 hours of your call, freeing up valuable cooler and dock space at your facility. Our member food bank employees and volunteers are trained and certified in proper food handling to ensure the quality of produce donations. Farmers Feeding Florida is endorsed by Florida’s major commodity groups and is supported by the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida Legislature and grants from private foundations.
There are several ways to connect with Feeding Florida and our statewide network of food banks to both help feed more people and find a home for the fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy produced by our agriculture partners. Our most prominent efforts inlcude recovery programs and local purchasing programs, both which focus on sourcing from Florida partners and stregntening our local agricultural system. To submit your interest to connect with Feeding Florida as a partner, email Cacee Hilliard.
The heart of Farmers Feeding Florida is produce recovery. Historically, this program has recovered and then distrbuted more than 246 million pounds of fresh Florida fruits and vegetables to those who needed it most. Feeding Florida partners with our state's producers to reimburse a portion of their production costs in exchange for their generous donation. In the 2023 Florida legislative session, Feeding Florida introduced recovery initiatives for new commodities, including meat and dairy.
Through local purchasing grants or funding opportunities, our food banks purchase Florida-grown products to help producers sustain and possibly expand their enterprise. These types of funding opportunities are farmer-focused and help serve agricultural producers facing unique challenges within their sector of the industry. This includes first-generation farmers/ranchers, women in agriculture, and individuals who identify as marginalized and/or socially disadvantaged.
Cacee Hilliard, Agriculture Relations Manager