The City of Oakland Park, Farm Share, and HandsOn Broward teamed up for an extraordinary supply distribution effort that provided thousands of critical supplies to vulnerable residents. Truckloads of items were donated to the Farm Share food bank in Oakland Park by Global Empowerment Mission, an international humanitarian and disaster relief organization headquartered in South Florida.
City staff worked with Farm Share to unload, sort, and take an inventory of the donated supplies, which included over 1,000 boxes of food, 500 packages of prenatal vitamins, 815 toothbrushes, 100 flashlights, 96 emergency survival kits, 25 blood pressure cuffs, and 40 adult and medical diapers.
The City then identified potential recipients, including local non-profits and assisted living facilities, and contacted them to determine their need to get the supplies into the hands of the people who needed them most. Dozens of volunteers from HandsOn Broward, the Oakland Park Volunteer Corps, the City Commission, and City staff coordinated supply pickup and delivery to complete the distribution effort. The City was grateful to be part of this initiative and wants to thank everyone who helped make it happen.
Oakland Park is fortunate to have an active Volunteer Corps that participates in various community projects throughout the year, including the monthly food deliveries to homebound seniors conducted in partnership with Farm Share and HandsOn Broward. If you are interested in getting involved, now is your chance! The City will participate in National Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, September 16th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact your neighborhood association to volunteer for a community project. For more information, visit this page on the City website or contact Steven Mattair at 954-630-4494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.