Since launching in 2020 in direct response to COVID, Feed the Need, a statewide public and private collaboration led by Orlando nonprofit 4Roots has reached a new milestone of meals served, distributing more than 2 million meals and 1 million pounds of fresh Florida produce to those most in need.
Coming alongside various partners in the public and private sectors, the program established a system to:
- receive produce directly from Florida farmers
- preserve and create jobs
- provide fresh, nutritious meals across Central Florida
Individuals and corporations can participate in three ways:
● Donate. Individual, foundation, and corporate donations are welcome.
● Sign up to volunteer and help sort and package fresh produce at the 4Roots warehouse in Orlando.
● Spread the word and encourage others to contribute to support Feed the Need Florida via social media using the hashtag #FeedtheNeedFL.
THE PACKING DISTRICT FARMERS’ MARKET IS MOVING
The Packing District Farmers’ Market, a partnership of 4Roots and Dr. Phillips Charities, will relocate their weekly market to a space near the Williams Family YMCA beginning December 3, 2022.
The new location, next to the Williams Family YMCA and on the edge of the new city park, will provide easier access for visitors and more space for vendors. Each Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm, some local vendors will include @thewoodenforkandspoon @thefluffybison @heyloricards and @cmbakari.fl.
Until then, please continue to join us Each Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm at our current location at 2310 North Orange Blossom Trail at the corner of Orange Blossom Trail & Princeton Street. We look forward to seeing you every Saturday!
FEED THE NEED PROVIDES HURRICANE RELIEF
Feed the Need joined its local partners to provide meals and fresh produce to those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Orlando City Soccer teamed up with 4Roots to provide 500 meals to Salvation Army. Another community partner, United Foundation of Central Florida, picked up 150 meals and other produce donated by Whole Foods Market Winter Park and delivered them to Evans High School, Country Inn Suites, and to residents in need along Mercy Drive and in Kissimmee.
In the days following the storm, Feed the Need distributed:
2,775 fresh meals
14,400 Lbs. of fresh pineapple
975 Lbs. produce bags
7,200 pounds bananas
Total Meals: 21,866
Total Pounds of Produce: 22,575
Help us continue our efforts!