More than 200 families in West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach received a week supply of farm-fresh produce, dry-goods and other household necessities through a new program called Farm to Family. Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and Fresh RX Kids created the new program in under a week to help families and farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The first distribution of immune-boosting food occurred at Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Clubs in Riviera Beach on Friday, March 20. Families of Boys and Girls Clubs in Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach were invited to the drive-thru style distribution site to collect the supplies. On Friday, March 27, four locations throughout Palm Beach County will be used to help feed and keep healthy a thousand Boys & Girls Clubs families.
“We do whatever it takes for our families. Keeping our kids and their caregivers healthy is crucial, and we are pleased to provide the nutrition necessary to keep up their immune systems through this pandemic,” said Jaene Miranda, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
Farm to Family also ensures that local farmers will stay afloat after the sudden closures of farmers’ markets and restaurants. The crops given to local families today likely would have gone to waste if it wasn’t for the new food assistance program.
"It's truly rewarding to see so many local farms and partners come together to help families in need during this devastating pandemic," said Margaret Duriez, co-founder of Fresh Rx Kids. "We hope the Farm to Family program can continue supporting our local farmers and delivering healthy, fresh food to needy families until we can return to normalcy."
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County families are grateful for the extra help during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Club parent Barbara Domand’s son just lost his job due to the COVID-19 emergency. She said, “All of the families here today are lucky to have one less thing to worry about during these uncertain times. The quality of the produce is amazing and will make a big difference for many in our community. Not having to worry about where the next meal is coming from means everything.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and Fresh RX Kids created a Go Fund Me page to help fund Farm to Family. The link to donate can be accessed here. Details about the larger distribution of food and supplies on Friday, March 27, will be provided next week.
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