UPDATE: Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Farm Share event scheduled for March 21 featuring Sen. Bobby Powell Jr. and Rep. Matt Willhite has been postponed. The original story is below. Though the event is postponed, Florida Politics will publish a follow-up report should the meeting be rescheduled.
Sen. Bobby Powell Jr. and Rep. Matt Willhite are scheduled to appear at a March 21 Farm Share event to help dispense food to those in need.
That event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in West Palm Beach. It will be hosted at Florida Career College located at 6058 Okeechobee Blvd.
A poster promoting the event notes families looking for food should come prepared.
“Families should bring a large canvas bag to walk-thru the distribution line that contains produce and other staples,” the promotional material reads.
Farm Share is a 501(c)(3) organization aimed at alleviating hunger and has several warehouses throughout the state of Florida.
Both Powell and Willhite are currently busy with Legislative Session. Lawmakers are supposed to wrap up by Friday, March 13. However, the Session is expected to be extended this year.
It’s unlikely Session would last an extra eight days, however, meaning the pair of lawmakers should be free to participate.
Both members’ district cover parts of Palm Beach County.
Powell was elected to serve Senate District 30 in 2016. SD 30 covers parts of Palm Beach County including West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter.
Willhite, meanwhile represents House District 86. He was also elected in 2016. HD 86 covers parts of Palm Beach County including Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves.
Farm Share was established in 1991 and helps distribute food to Floridians in need.
The group partners with “more than 2,000 food pantries, churches, schools and other nonprofits throughout Florida,” according to its website.
“Last year, Farm Share distributed more than 88 million pounds of food to more than 17.5 million households residing in all of Florida’s 67 counties. Of the 88 million pounds of food distributed, more than 20 million pounds were fresh healthy fruits and vegetables.”
The organization also helps distribute food following natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tornadoes.
For full details of the March 21 event, see the image below.