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Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties

April 24
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INCREASE YOUR DONATION’S IMPACT!

Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is a 24-hour online giving event led by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach CountyUnited Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. This community-wide event celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community by raising critical funds for local nonprofits. Every local gift will be multiplied with additional dollars from a bonus pool raised by the Community Foundation. Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties will make every hour April 24, 2018 (midnight-midnight) meaningful by providing this unique opportunity for our community to raise significant funds that will make a direct, positive impact on the lives of our neediest residents. Cash prizes will be awarded to participating nonprofit organizations throughout the day will keep things fast-paced and exciting!

 

 

 

WHY SUPPORT FEEDING PLAM BEACH COUNTY (A BRANCH OF FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA)?

DID YOU KNOW THAT FEEDING PALM BEACH COUNTY IS…

…the largest provider of emergency food assistance in Palm Beach County?
We provided 10.1 million pounds (8.4 million meals) of food during fiscal year 2014-2015, at a value of $17.1 million!

…the most efficient food bank in Palm Beach County, and in South Florida?
It costs us only .13 cents to distribute one pound of food. For every $1 donated to us, we can provide 6 meals or $12 worth of grocery products.

…the most transparent food bank in Palm Beach County and in South Florida?
We are a 4-star rated nonprofit by Charity Navigator with a 98% efficiency rating, are a Gold Standard nonprofit by GuideStar, and comply with Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance requirements.

…the most-tenured and original food bank serving Palm Beach County and South Florida?
We were founded in 1981 as the Daily Bread Food Bank and began serving Palm Beach County in 1991.

…the sole Feeding America food bank serving Palm Beach County and South Florida?
This means we must meet strict standards and guidelines for strategic food distribution; programmatic delivery; inventory regulations; and comply with governance, fiscal, and food safety best practices.

…the leader of hunger-related research and statistics?
Our Map the Meal Gap and Hunger in America studies are leading sources of information that provide insight as to how many people are food insecure in each county, and the impact of hunger and poverty on the families we serve. We are able to access detailed information about our partner agencies as well as client demographic information and the trade-offs they have to make which result in food insecurity.

…using the latest technology to strategically distribute food and ensure non-duplication of efforts?
As part of the Feeding America network, we have access to technology created by a partnership with Google, UPS, and Microsoft. This technology includes online ordering for partner agencies to access product, includes routing tools for our fleet, and includes an intranet for information exchange about food availability, benchmarks, and reports. We also use GIS mapping to ensure agencies are located in the highest areas of need, gaps in hours of operation are covered, and ease of access for clients based on transportation. This technology allows us to reduce all kinds of waste from fleet idle time at food donors, to agencies being forced to receive product they can’t use.

WE’D ALSO LIKE TO SHARE THAT FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA…

Is a locally-based and locally-governed nonprofit organization.
Although we are a member of a national organization which provides oversight, best practices, and a network of 200 food banks across the United States, we are an independent, locally-based nonprofit with a Board of Directors and staff who work and live in South Florida, including Palm Beach County.

Does not charge for food.
All Feeding America food banks around the country implement what’s known as a Shared Maintenance Fee (SMF), which is not a charge for food, nor is it charged to the end user. It’s a fee paid by partner agencies that helps offset the cost of sourcing, transporting, warehousing, and distribution of millions of pounds of food each year. Although FSF distributed almost 40 million pounds of food in FY14-15, at a cost of approximately $5.3 million, partner agency SMFs accounted for only 14% of FSF’s total budget, thereby leaving FSF to absorb the vast majority of its operating costs. It’s also important to note that there is no SMF on produce, bakery items, or TEFAP commodities. Additionally, the average SMF contributed is .06 cents per pound. No person in need of assistance ever pays for food.

Throughout the year, Feeding South Florida hosts or is the recipient of proceeds from events hosted by community partners who support our mission to to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.

Participation in these events, whether it be via business sponsorship or the purchase of individual tickets, not only provides funds to help end  hunger, but also shows support and creates awareness for this ever important issue. It’s just another way community members can help their neighbors in need.View our calendar of events, or, even better, register to receive our electronic newsletter at the footer of this website and never miss the latest information on our upcoming community events.