THE EVOLUTION OF FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA

  • May 1980: A group from a variety of faiths and backgrounds begins to talk about a program that was operating successfully in other parts of the United States. After learning about the food banking concept, the group enthusiastically decides to proceed, obtaining trucks, walk-in freezers, forklifts, scales, telephones, and office equipment. Warehouse space is donated by Dade County.

  • February 17, 1981: Daily Bread Food Bank is incorporated as a Florida nonprofit organization.

  • 1982: Daily Bread Food Bank begins distributing food in Dade County. By mid-year, Daily Bread Food Bank is distributing 36,000 pounds of food a month.

  • 1985: Daily Bread Food Bank opens a part-time distribution program for Broward County.

  • Mid-1985: Daily Bread Food Bank is distributing over 500,000 pounds of food per month through 260 social service agencies. This ten-fold increase puts tremendous pressure on Daily Bread Food Bank and its 10,000 square foot facility near the Miami Produce Market to effectively obtain and distribute food. The Board of Directors begins a capital campaign to obtain a larger warehouse.

  • March 1, 1987: Daily Bread Food Bank opens a 33,000 square foot warehouse and administrative office in Miami. With this warehouse, Daily Bread Food Bank is able to handle larger quantities of donated food and serve more agencies. 

  • 1989: Daily Bread Food Bank opens a 6,000 square foot distribution center at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Space is leased at $1 per year.

  • 1989: A group of business people involved in hunger programs in Boca Raton realizes that several Palm Beach County agencies addressing food insecurity might benefit from a local food bank. They contact Daily Bread Food Bank to see if a branch might be established in this area. It is determined that to establish this program, it will cost $150,000 for space, transportation, staffing, and equipment.

  • February 1990: Daily Bread Food Bank opens its 20,000 square foot distribution center in West Palm Beach.

  • 1991: Daily Bread Food Bank begins the first prepared and perishable food rescue program in South Florida, called Extra Helpings.

  • 1995: Daily Bread Food Bank opens a distribution center in the Homestead area to serve south Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Later, the south Miami-Dade distribution center moved to an 11,000 square foot warehouse in Perrine.

  • October 2000: Daily Bread Food Bank opens a Reclamation Center in a 30,800-square foot warehouse in north Miami-Dade County. This project represents an alliance between Daily Bread Food Bank and Publix Super Markets, Inc., which sends unmarketable food and other grocery products from the stores in its South Florida Division to be processed at the Reclamation Center. This project provided a stable source of food and other grocery products to Daily Bread Food Bank.

  • January 2009: With three distribution centers, the Reclamation Center, Daily Bread Food Bank is now able to distribute over 1.5 million pounds of food to the food insecure in our community each month.

  • October 14, 2009: Daily Bread Food Bank is now called Feeding South Florida; after the tragic loss of the Broward warehouse due to a fire, Feeding South Florida opens a new facility sooner than expected. The new warehouse in Pembroke Park combines the Broward operations and the Reclamation Center and now serves as the headquarters for Feeding South Florida.

  • April 2012: A new CEO, Paco Velez, arrives at Feeding South Florida from the San Antonio Food Bank, bringing with him 12 years of food banking experience.

  • November 2012: In order to streamline logistics and increase efficiencies, Feeding South Florida merges the Miami facility with the main facility in Broward County. With a new five year strategic plan in place, Feeding South Florida is now distributing approximately 3 million pounds of food, per month, to those in need of food assistance.