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Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries in Fort Lauderdale FL

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Details: LifeNet4Families | Cooperative Feeding Program has over 29 years of service to the hungry and homeless of Broward County. From the humble beginnings of distributing a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless, to today’s provision of 1.3 million meals a year, our dramatic development has reflected both the growing numbers and the growing needs of the poor in our community. We are proud to have worked with so many community organizations as we do everything in our power to reduce the pain and suffering of those needing food and resources to improve their lives. Broward County Community Kitchen: Lifenet4families offers daily, hot, nutritious meals in our community kitchen. While mainly serving Broward’s ever-expanding homeless population, the dining room is also the place where hungry families can visit during the summer when no school meals are available. The community kitchen is open to anyone who is in need. Diners line up to await the opening of the center at 8:30 a.m. On most days, the food distribution is completed by 11:00 a.m. If it’s close to the end of the month and people have exhausted all their money and food, we often see a sharp increase in the number of people waiting on line to eat. On those days, the kitchen will remain open a bit longer to facilitate all those who have waited in line to get some food. Lunch: LifeNet4Families expanded to include a carry away lunch. We were observing hungry people cutting in line two or three times trying to stockpile food. Empty Styrofoam coffee cups were filled with spaghetti and shoved into back pockets. Other folks found containers in the garbage and were taking second and third trays of food, only to scoop up the second helping and stash it for dinner. Concerned about health and safety issues, along with the time period some people had to stand on line in the hot sun while others returned to the serving line multiple times, we allowed our diners only one trip through the service line, but provided them a take a way lunch. Sometimes, sandwiches are provided by schools, churches or civic groups that committed to making those sandwiches on a continual basis. We also receive salvaged sandwiches from the Extra Helpings food delivery program. The program collects day old food from convenience stores and gives it to us to distribute to the hungry. Currently, we are distributing about 200 sandwiches or lunch packs each day. Our kitchen was built with a sponsorship from the American Culinary Federation. The serving line carries the name of our long-time supporter Publix Super Markets Charities. Emergency Food Pantry Broward County: Our ability to meet the needs of our neighbors is a direct result of a generous community. We receive food donations from a wide variety of groups and local businesses. We receive financial assistance from individuals, corporations and foundations. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization, providing a positive experience for our clients. How can you help? Food drives, year round, continue to be the best way to keep our shelves stocked with good food choices. If you take on the food drive challenge, ask for peanut butter, healthy low sugar cereal, shelf stable milk and brown rice.
The Pantry of Broward, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Details: The Pantry of Broward is a “one stop shop” for seniors. We provide a 55 pound nutritional food box to over 425 clients and 157 Grandchildren every month. We also assist our clients full circle, with a wide variety of additional services. Such services as assistance with housing, emergency utility bills, food stamp applications to name a few. With the help of our Clinical Director, our clients meet one on one to go through their needs and what The Pantry of Broward can do to assist.