Feeding Palm Beach County
Since 1989, Feeding South Florida has served Palm Beach County. Previously occupying the former Cheney Brothers facility off Claremore Drive in West Palm Beach (built in the early 1900s), Feeding South Florida needed a larger and more modern facility to meet the growing demands of the community.
More than doubling its output of food from 6 million pounds (5 million meals) in 2012, to more than 16 million pounds (13.3 million meals) in 2017 – to Palm Beach County alone – Feeding South Florida required a space that could handle an increased volume of food. More than just providing food, our goal of breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty necessitated space for implementing innovative programs designed to transition families from dependency to self-sufficiency.
In 2016, Feeding South Florida invested in a new location, thereby solidifying its commitment to Palm Beach County. This new branch location, Feeding Palm Beach County, is conveniently located off I-95 and Gateway Boulevard, across from the Publix Distribution Center. The facility itself is 25,344 sq. ft. and has an additional two acres of land for future expansion.
As the largest provider of emergency food assistance in each county we serve, Feeding Palm Beach County is designed to serve Palm Beach County’s current and future food system needs.
Feeding Palm Beach County offers 10 volunteer shifts per week and can accommodate up to 50 people per shift. Great for large groups and corporate team-building activities, we have two shifts per day, Tuesday-Saturday. We welcome individual volunteers as well, age 12+ with special family Philanthropy Days for kids 6+.
More than a distribution center, Feeding Palm Beach County’s future programs are designed to help break the cycle of hunger and poverty by addressing the underlying root causes.
The Community Kitchen is a commercial kitchen designed to serve five purposes:
Production Kitchen: Provide nutritious and healthy meals for kids during summer and after school, support meal delivery programs for older adults, and serve medically tailored meals to individuals with specific dietary needs.
Culinary Training: Provide a culinary training program with job placement upon graduation, in partnership with our hospitality partners.
Social Enterprise: Provide catering services that employ graduates of the culinary training program. Revenue is reinvested in the culinary training program.
Incubator: Provide the commercial facilities necessary for a catering company. Graduates of the culinary training program looking to open their own business can access the commercial kitchen.
Classes: Provide cooking classes for families.