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Free food distributions & resources in Florida

Organizations in South Florida offer free food distribution for families needing help. Some sites provide drive-through pickups, while others offer doorstep deliveries for eligible participants.

If your organization is distributing food, please email complete info to editor@miamionthecheap.com or news@miamionthecheap.com. 

This list is periodically updated to reflect new distribution sites.

Drive-through food distributions include:

  • Farm Share is a nonprofit organization that distributes fruits, vegetables and other food items, is offering drive-through distribution events in  Florida. Free food items provided usually include fresh produce, nonperishable items and water. To obtain food, you need to arrive in a vehicle with a trunk or cargo bed. Information on drive-through pickups is online. First-come, first served. Financial donations are accepted via FarmShare.org
  • Feeding South Florida and its partners offer occasional free food distribution events in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm counties. Please use an online tool to verify any events you are interested in.  Click here and go to “Distribution Locator” to see a revised list. Click here to locate an agency.

Resource

Dial 2-1-1 for information and referrals to services in your region

 

Other food distribution programs: 

Hours occasionally are revised. It’s wise to phone or verify on social platforms before you go.

  • Seed of Hope Ministries: occasional food distributions; information on Facebook.
  • Riviera Presbyterian Church: 5275 Sunset Drive, Miami; 305-666-8586; provides families with  nonperishable items Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., while supplies last. Walk-up distribution. Financial donations are accepted via rivierachurch.org.
  • Worship Center Blessed Ministries: 1793 Opa-Locka Blvd., Opa-Locka; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays; 786-704-2009
  • Curley’s House of Style: 6025 NW Sixth Court, Miami; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 305-754-7784 or 305-759-9805.
  • Unity Baptist Church: 13001 NW Seventh Ave., North Miami; usually 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 786-486-0898.
  • True Deliverance Church: 18300 SW 109th Ave., Miami; Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon; 305-254-2163; drive-thru operation.
  • King Jesus International Ministry drive-thru: 13850 SW 143rd Court, Miami, or church lot, 14100 SW 144th Ave., Miami; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m., while supplies last (early arrival recommended); 305-382-3171.
  • Soref JCC in Plantation, food pantry with drive-thru pickups by appointment; participants need to register with a partnering social service agency. For information on social service agencies, use Broward  2-1-1, online or call 211.

Food aid for seniors:

  • Health in the Hood is distributing food to Miami’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, through its “Filling Fridges” project.
  • 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: 305-754-2444 or online
  • Glory Temple Ministry, 7950 NW 22nd Ave., Miami, open only to seniors in urgent need. Call 305-456-5217 to ask for help
  • Meals On Wheels South Florida offers free food to eligible homebound seniors.  Info: 954-714-6946 or online
  • Aging & Disability Resource Center assists with food delivery for seniors who self-quarantined, 954-745-9779 for information
  • Pantry of Broward offers food assistance program in Broward, including home deliveries, for seniors and grandparents with legal custody of grandchildren. Information on eligibility online or 954-358-1481

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Food Distribution

No longer offered or unconfirmed

  • no longer offered — Le Jardin Community Center in Homestead is offering drive-thru food distributions once again. Head to the center, at 104 NW 12th St., on Fridays, from 2-5 p.m., while supplies last. All participants must remain in the car, with windows up and trunks open. Distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis. The distribution is organized in conjunction with Truly Local Cares and Mac Edwards Produce & Co. 
  • unconfirmed — Bible Missionary Baptist Church: 9801 NW 24th Ave., Miami, from 7-9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month; 305-836-7644
  • unconfirmed — Bridge to HOPE: 10844 SW 188th St., Miami; 786-269-1608; call first for an ID number to receive an appointment via the website.
  • unconfirmed — Food Rescue US with sponsorship from The Miami Foundation, Topo Chico and PepsiCo Foundation: distributes meals from various area restaurants. Click here to visit the Instagram page and get the latest details. 
  • unconfirmed — Flipany is distributing free meal boxes to families for their children. The boxes contain a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch combining fresh and shelf-stable items, including milk. All items are pre packaged in a box and distributed drive-thru or socially-distanced walk-up pick up line (face coverings required). Parents must show proof of children in household or present a pickup form. Thursdays, 9:30-11:45 a.m., Charis Community Center, 13850 SW 143rd Court, Miami; Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Episcopal Church of Holy Family, 18501 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.,Islamic Center, 4305 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens.
  • Health in the Hood is distributing food to Miami’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, low-income families and displaced citizens, through its “Filling Fridges” project. Its aim is to give 100 produce bags to displaced Miami-Dade County Public School students at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays via drive-thru collection in Opa-locka. Click here for more details. 
  • Make a Wish Veterans is distributing food to veterans, families and the community via drive-thru every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at 1881 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-Locka. Masks are required and food will be placed in trunk of car.
  • no longer offered — Hands of God in partnership with Seed of Hope Ministries is distributing food on a first-come, first served basis to those in a vehicle with a trunk or cargo bed. The drive-up only events are happening every Saturday at different locations around Miami-Dade. Click here for the latest information.
  • unconfirmed — CARE Inc., 631 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens; 305-917-0376; distribution on Tuesdays beginning at noon until supplies last.
  • unconfirmed — Centro Biblico Puertas de Sion, 16359 NW 57th Ave., Miami Gardens; 786-315-0074.
  • unconfirmed — Helping Hands with your Heart, 10820 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; Tuesdays from 1 p.m.  until supplies last. 786-290-4316.
  • unconfirmed — Perrine Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 9850 E. Datura St., Palmetto Bay; Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 305-378-2192.

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