The Food Distribution Program is the backbone of Joshua’s Heart. Even people with jobs and access to government programs like SNAP and WIC often struggle to feed their families. Fifteen percent of the residents of South Florida experience food insecurity. Twenty-five percent of food-insecure individuals do not qualify for government nutrition programs and must rely upon food pantries and charity to meet their basic needs. Nationwide, 14 percent of households are food insecure, while only 62 percent of those households participate in government nutritional programs.
The Food Distribution program combats food insecurity by providing boxes of food staples to hundreds of needy families every month. When the program launched in June 2005, Joshua’s Heart was able to provide bags of groceries to 300 families. It has since grown exponentially. In 2014, Joshua’s Heart distributed 895,000 pounds of food to 40,000 families.
Many families are referred to Joshua’s Heart by community and government organizations. Others learn about the program through word-of-mouth. Your donation of money or could help the program reach its next milestone, donating one million pounds of food in a single year. Because Joshua’s Heart recognizes that families need more than food to survive, the boxes of groceries also include hygiene products and toys. The program relies upon a network of volunteers to fill boxes for its monthly distributions, so even those who are unable to donate money can help stomp out hunger.