THE IN-CROWD helps to connect willing volunteers to local charitable organizations, Food Banks, Pantries, Distribution Centers and Community Gardens in order to help acquire and distribute food and nutrition to the underserved.
Below is a list of some of these organizations:
Kindness Angels is a growing charitable organization made up of compassionate volunteers with a mission to fulfill hunger and essential needs of the underserved in Palm Beach County. Kindness Angels focuses on helping to feed the hungry as well as providing volunteer opportunities to learn how to engage in Kindness Volunteerism.
Kindness Angels volunteers have created many different types of food and essential needs drives and distribution events by collection, cooking hearty meals and baked goods in order to serve the hungry, unhoused and most vulnerable residents including foster children, infants in need and those in recovery.
Kindness Angels routinely holds donation drives and distribution events for infant formula and essential needs, sunscreens, bug spray, toiletries, hats, as well as baked goods, cooked meals and non-perishable foods. Kindness Angels also creates holiday carnivals, toy, clothing and homemade baked cookie drives and distributions for children.
Regular collections include:
- Non-perishables like canned soup, tuna, ravioli, etc.
- Hotel toiletries, deodorant, cough drops, band-aids, etc.
- New and gently used toys and books
Contact Kindness Angels today and learn how you can help be a part of their important and rewarding success!
Living Hungry is a dynamic organization fills small niches in a huge way. One particular focus is helping to feed every homeless child in Palm Beach County. Living Hungry believes that every child has potential and is worth nourishing. Contact Living Hungry and learn how they’re rising in order to meet the challenge, as well as more about their successful programs that you can be proud to be a part of.
PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK
Every day the Palm Beach County Food Bank relies on amazing volunteers to help with important tasks such as sorting and packing food donations, preparing backpacks for childhood hunger relief programs, administrative work and more.
Every week Palm Beach County Food Bank volunteers pack over 3,500 meal kits (backpacks) for children and families which are then distributed directly to their partner agencies, schools, food pantries, churches, soup kitchens and shelters.
During the 2020 to 2022 fiscal year, the Palm Beach County Food Bank distributed more than 17 million pounds of food worth approximately $30 million dollars, reaching 200,000 hungry residents in need.
The Palm Beach County Food Bank has various volunteer opportunities for individuals, individuals needing to attend court ordered community service, student community service as well as opportunities for groups.
You may also volunteer for any of the Palm Beach County Food Bank’s 200 local food pantry partners.
If you are interested in volunteering at a local food bank’s Food Distribution Center in your neighborhood, click here to open comprehensive list.
Contact the Palm Beach County Food Bank today!
Jennifer Chiarenza, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (561) 670-2518 Ext. 302 or (561) 301-3688
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Palm Beach County Food Bank
Local Food Pantry List: Click HERE
FLORIDA FOOD BANKS / PALM BEACH HARVEST
Florida Food Banks / Palm Beach Harvest seeks volunteers to donate their time to help acquire and distribute the over fifteen million pounds of nutritious fools that they provide to over 100 Palm Beach County facilities where impoverished adults and children seek food and shelter. Additionally, Florida Food Banks sponsor home and local gardens that produce additional healthy nourishment for families to provide tasty wholesome food for themselves.
COMPASSION INTEGRATED OUTREACH SERVICES, INC.
Compassion Integrated Outreach Services, Inc. was created to bring awareness to family related issues. It is dedicated to bringing awareness through educational enhancement, encouraging community involvement and charitable support.
Darlene Cruz, Compassion Integrated Outreach Services, Inc.
Phone: (561) 460-9840
Facebook: Compassion Integrated Outreach Services, Inc.
Website: Compassion Integrated Outreach Services, Inc.
CROS Ministries serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties with food and nutrition through community collaborations. They serve the hungry by distributing food at 8 food pantries in 15 different locations. Seven of CROS Ministries’ pantries are in spaces provided by community partners located in food-insecure communities in Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth Beach, and at 2 locations in West Palm Beach. CROS Ministries also has an 8th pantry that is a mobile “pop-up” pantry providing food in 8 separate locations in Greenacres (at 3 locations), Haverhill, Lake Worth Beach, Riviera Beach, and Wellington (at 2 locations).
CROS Ministries also operates a Gleaning Program, recovering fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms and the Solid Waste Authorities’ mango grove. CROS Ministries also runs The Caring Kitchen, a hot meal and homebound meal delivery program; as well as a summer camp program. All services are provided without regard to race, religion, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, sexual orientation or age.
CROS Ministries offers students community service hours! For most Gleaning Program events, anyone 5 years of age and up can volunteer. However, there are Gleaning events that growers have mandated that volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. CROS Ministries’ Caring Kitchen also offers community service credit for the returning citizen. It is CROS Ministries‘ policy that anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please note that CROS Ministries’ volunteer opportunities are changing all the time. Currently, CROS Ministries’ pantries ask for a 3 to 6 month commitment due to training requirements.
PEARL MAE FOUNDATION: PEARL’S PANTRY
PEARL’S PANTRY is the Pearl Mae Foundation’s delivery food pantry for low-income Senior Citizens in Jupiter, Florida, focusing on fresh produce and meats rather than canned goods. Not only do they focus on healthier items, but they also deliver the groceries directly to Senior Citizens’ homes. The goal is to keep local seniors safe in their homes by delivering healthy and fresh food free of charge.
Long Term Volunteers are needed to perform the following tasks:
- Lift groceries.
- Deliver groceries to people’s homes.
- Have a vehicle to use for deliveries.
- Have availability on Wednesday mornings/early afternoons.
COMMUNITY VEGETABLE GARDENS
There’s a communal garden near you. You can participate in many ways in order to help bring healthy locally grown food and nutrition to your community.
FOOD AND NUTRITION: PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMUNITY GARDENS
🌱 El Sol’s Sunshine Organic Community Garden has 20 (8′ x 12′) plots located on the north lawn of the El Sol property. Rental fees are $10–$30 per year.
🌱 Abacoa Community Garden has 28 plots (individual and communal, with excess donated to charity). Rental fees are $65 per year. The Abacoa Community Garden is located in Abacoa between Allegro and Renewal Church (on the west side of Central Boulevard).
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PALM BEACH GARDENS
🌱 Community Garden at the Borland Center offers communal gardening with produce sold at local farmer’s markets to help the poor. Located in the west field of the Borland Center at the Palm Beach Community Church.
Lynnette, Garden Coordinator
Phone: (561) 346-5567
Location: 4901 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
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🌱 Seeds of Hope Community Garden offers communal gardening at a $4-$20 monthly rental fee. Located 1 block south of Park Avenue, a few blocks east of Dixie Highway.
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🌱 The Village Greens Community Garden offers communal raised bed gardening located in the field east of Mark Plating.
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🌱 Cason Community Garden at Cason United Methodist Church has 33 plots for $50-$75 per year plot rental fee. Members are asked to donate at least 10% of their produce to Delray’s Caring Kitchen. 342 North Swinton Avenue; Delray Beach, FL 33444.
Candy Evans, Garden Coordinator
Lori Robbins, Garden Coordinator
Location: 342 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Website: Cason Community Garden Local Harvest
Facebook: Cason Community Garden
🌱 Swinton Community Garden offers 30 plots for a $35 per year rental fee, as well as communal gardens for a local soup kitchen. Located just north of the intersection of Atlantic & Swinton Avenues.
Michiko, Garden Coordinator
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🌱 Pearl City Community Garden offers 10 plots to the public. It’s located on 11th Street between Dixie & Federal Highways, across the street from the Macedonia Africa Methodist Church. Located approximately at 113 NE 11th Street; Boca Raton, FL 33432. Members are asked to donate some of their produce to Boca Raton Helping Hands or someone in need.
Elisabeth Hoffman, Garden Coordinator
Phone: (561) 395-8566
Location: approximately at 113 NE 11th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33432
🌱 Junior League of Boca Raton Community Garden offers 97 plots at $50–100 per year plot rental fee. Gardeners donate at least 10% of what they grow to Boca Raton Helping Hands.
PALM BEACH COUNTY OFFICE OF COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION
The Office of Community Revitalization works in many areas to fill unfilled needs in Palm Beach County’s underserved neighborhoods. There are plenty of on site and “from your home” volunteer opportunities in order to help bring food and nutrition to those in need. One example of this volunteer opportunity is the transportation of food and supplies from donor sources to local distribution points. An example is the Office of Community Revitalization’s partnership with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office which provides 10 cars and drivers in order to help distribute food packets to schools throughout the county in support of Going Hungry’s mission of helping to feed all homeless children in Palm Beach County. This marriage of county government and non-governmental organizations along with businesses exemplifies how cooperative sharing of resources fulfills an otherwise unsolvable problem.
Houston Tate, Director
Phone: (772) 882-8555
Website: Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization
THE IN-CROWD is proud to partner with the above Food Banks as well as other the other community outreach organizations in efforts to improve the underserved community’s access to food and nutrition.