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Need help putting food on the table for the holidays? Where to get help in South Florida

Volunteers of United Way Miami load boxes of Thanksgiving essentials for thousands of families in need during the holiday season.
Kate Payne
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WLRN
Volunteers of United Way Miami load boxes of Thanksgiving essentials for thousands of families in need during the holiday season.
Examples of Thanksgiving essentials like stuffing, rice, green beans and mashed potatoes, are packed into boxes distributed by United Way Miami volunteers to families experiencing food insecurity.
Kate Payne
/
WLRN
Examples of Thanksgiving essentials like stuffing, rice, green beans and mashed potatoes, are packed into boxes distributed by United Way Miami volunteers to families experiencing food insecurity.

This story was updated at Monday, Nov. 20 at 12:15 p.m.

In a storeroom at United Way Miami, volunteers load box after box of Thanksgiving essentials — enough for 2,200 families.

Every year, volunteers and organizations across the region work to put more meals on the table, especially during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 23.

Overall, about 9% of South Floridians don’t have enough to eat, according to the food bank Feeding South Florida. Among children, the rate rises to about 13%.

Karla Hernandez, senior vice president of development at United Way Miami, said food insecurity remains a daily struggle for many working families.

"These are families that work one, two, three jobs just to make ends meet — those are the families that we are helping. They’re hard workers. They are our neighbors," Hernandez said.

Below is a list of organizations across South Florida that are distributing food to families in need.

If you would like to volunteer your time, you can find some opportunities through Volunteer Florida, or if you want to donate supplies, you can also find a list of United Way agencies in Florida here.

Broward County

What: The City of West Park Free Food Distribution
Where: 3501 SW 56th Ave, West Park, FL 33023
When: Monday, Nov. 20 |10:00 a.m. until supplies last

What: Miramar Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution (city residents only)
Where: Miramar Armory-Florida Army National Guard | 5001 Flamingo Road Miramar, FL 33025
When: Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Register online here.

Miami-Dade County

What: School Board Vice Chair Danny Espino Free Food Distribution
Where: 1401 Westward Dr, Miami Springs, FL 33166
When: Monday, Nov. 20 | 9:00 a.m. until supplies last

What: US Attorney’s Office Free Food Distribution
Where: Gwen Cherry Park | 7090 NW 22nd Ave, Miami, FL 33147
When: 9:00 a.m. until supplies last

Monroe County
General Florida Keys food and nutrition resources here.

Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County list of food pantries here.

You can drop off donations at the Palm Beach County Food Bank on Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The drop off is located 701 Boutwell Road, Suite A2, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33461. You can also host your own food drive here.

What: Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway
When: Monday Nov. 20, 2023 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.                     
Where: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach | 100 W. 20th Street Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Kate Payne is WLRN's Education Reporter. Reach her at kpayne@wlrnnews.org
Alyssa Ramos is the multimedia producer for Morning Edition for WLRN. She produces regional stories for newscasts and manages digital content on WLRN.
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