“Feeding America and other national partners, as well as our local food banks, have taken great care, made strategic infrastructure investments and exercised their experienced foresight to provide and stage essential supplies in key locations to ensure a quick response.”
Feeding South Florida is a member of Feeding Florida (FF), the state partner association of Feeding America. As part of the network, we are part of the only statewide hunger relief organization with an active presence in every part of Florida. FF collaborates with Feeding America, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), FEMA and other disaster responders to prepare for catastrophic events. FF is an integral part of Florida State Mass Care team, helping to plan response and recovery activities and to serve our neighbors when disaster strikes.
As part of the state network, Feeding South Florida helps ensure that food, water and other disaster supplies are staged throughout Florida at our food bank and our Feeding America sister food banks across all 67 counties in the state. Our state network has 160+ commercial trucks, and 20+ warehouses with more than 500,000 square feet of storage for critical supplies. Feeding America and other national partners, as well as our local food banks, have taken great care, made strategic infrastructure investments and exercised their experienced foresight to provide and stage essential supplies in key locations to ensure a quick response.
What role does Feeding South Florida Play?
Feeding South Florida works in close partnership with VOAD, FAFB, Red Cross, and participates in emergency management meetings throughout the counties we serve. We believe in organized response with following standard incident command procedures both internally and externally.
As part of our relationship with FF and VOAD, we regularly participate in drills across the state, preparing for multiple scenarios that allow us to prepare for disasters, knowing what each food bank has on-hand.
In the event of a disaster situation, Feeding South Florida (FSF) will need volunteers to assist evacuees that arrive in the South Florida and surrounding counties. Volunteers will be utilized to the best of their capacity by attempting to match volunteers, based on their skills, to the needs of the disaster situation. Please understand that all volunteers participating through FSF will be participating in food relief efforts.
Once we are called to mobilize, we will need community support.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US:
- On-going and regular communication
- A list of resources that are available as they relate to food needs
- The mobilization of our trucks, with supplies, if necessary
- Our Warehouse storage activated by FEMA, if necessary
WE WORK WITH:
- Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
- Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT)
- American Red Cross
- Feeding America (As necessary)
- Feeding Florida (Feeding America State Association)
- FEMA (As necessary)
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