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Free food-distribution events & food-drive drop-off information

Organizations are offering free food distribution in South Florida for families that need help, with some sites offering drive-through pick-ups. Others offer doorstep deliveries for eligible participants.


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Request from reader — “As a volunteer at the food drive …  encourage people to clean out their trunk and put a cooler with ice packs for the frozen and cold food. Or cloth food bags or boxes. It makes it a lot safer for the cold and frozen food and is easier on volunteers.”

Food drive & Family Fun Day event for food drop-offs

Food Drive & Family Day 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. November 20, park @ 2500 Rock Island Road, Margate 33063. Raffle tickets offered with donated food for Pantry of Broward. Event includes live entertainment, food vendors & raffle. Requested food items & information are online

Food Distributions

Free turkeys

November 21 Free Turkeys in Pompano, 10 a.m. while supplies last, Festival Marketplace, 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach 33073, 954-979-4555,  website

Holiday Drive-Thru Food distribution in Hollywood

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. November 20, Washington Park, 5199 Pembroke Road, Hollywood 33020. Information on event or volunteering is online

Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida and its partners occasionally offer free food distribution events in Broward, Palm Beach & Miami-Dade. Usually, events are drive-through.
Events are listed online. Log in here & press “distribution locator” button on right to download a freshly revised list. 

Farm Share

Farm Share, a non-profit organization that distributes fruits, vegetables & other food items, is offering drive-through distribution events in Florida. Free food items provided usually include fresh produce, non-perishable items & water.  To obtain food, you need to arrive in a vehicle with a trunk or cargo bed. Information on drive-through pick-ups is online, First-come, first served. Financial donations are accepted via or texting “EAT” to 41-444

Farm Share Events include 

Events usually offered while supplies last. Verify events online.

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. November 13, 6700 Miramar Parkway, Miramar 33023, 954-602-3156 
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. November 19 4331 NW 36  Street, Lauderdale Lakes 33319
  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. November 20, Faith Center, 5555 NW 95th Avenue, Sunrise 33351
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. November 20 First Baptist Church Piney Grove, 4699 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes 33313
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. December 21  McTyre Park, 3501 SW 56 Avenue, West Park 33023
  • other events in Dade & occasional events in Broward & Palm Beach, information online

Donate Food Items

•              Downtown Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
•              Government Center West, 1 N. University Drive, Plantation
•              Main Courthouse, 201 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
•              North Regional County Courthouse, 1600 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach
•              South Regional County Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
•              West Regional County Courthouse, 100 N. Pine Island Road, Plantation
•              Port Everglades, 1850 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale
•              Broward County Main Library and all branch libraries 


Other food drive information & venues online

Deerfield residents

  • For Deerfield residents only, Photo ID required — 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays while event is on, St. Ambrose Catholic Church Deerfield Beach, 380 South Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach 33441, masks required, 954-427-2225, Please phone to verify event is on

Broward Schools

Free & Reduced-Price breakfast & lunches for students are offered for qualified families. Application is online. Other information is online, email or 954-321-0250

Other Food Distribution Programs & Information

  • 2-1-1 Broward is free helpline offering referrals for Broward residents, dial 2-1-1 or website
  • Pantry of Broward is occasionally offering free drive-through distributions, 610 NW 3rd Avenue Fort Lauderdale 33311, information online
  • Pantry of Broward offers food assistance program, including home deliveries, for seniors and grandparents with custody of grandchildren, are receiving home deliveries, information on eligibility online or 954-358-1481
  • Food pantry at Soref JCC in Plantation, drive-through pick-ups  by appointment. To receive an appointment, participants need to register with a partnering social service agency. For information on social service agencies, use Broward  2-1-1, online or dial 211

Food aid for seniors

  • Dial 2-1-1 on your phone for free helpline offering information on services
  • Area Agency on Aging of Broward’s Elder Helpline for seniors over 60 in need of food, 954.745.9779
  • Pantry of Broward offers food assistance program, including home deliveries, for seniors and grandparents with custody of grandchildren, are receiving home deliveries, information on eligibility online or 954-358-1481
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami is providing meals to those in need 60 or older, who live independently in their homes and are registered with the program, information is online
  • Meals On Wheels South Florida offers free food to eligible home-bound seniors 60 & older, apply   954-714-6946 or online
  • Aging & Disability Resource Center assists with food delivery for seniors who self-quarantined, 954-745-9779 for information, or online

Food Assistance For Pets

Read Animal organizations in South Florida offer opportunities for free pet food

Donations Requested for people & pets

Salvation Army

Salvation Army of Broward is requesting non-perishable food items for distributions. Items requested include pastas and sauces, shelf-stable snacks, peanut butter and jelly, oatmeal, rice, canned goods,  boxed cereals, granola bars. Please drop off  items 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., 1445 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 33312, 954-712-2431

Broward Library & Broward Animal care division

Drop off unopened pet food & other requested supplies at designated libraries, information online

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