Charity of the week
Hurricane Irma left a devastating path of destruction through Florida that cut electricity for millions and destroyed more than a quarter of the homes in the Keys. In response, the region’s local food bank, Feeding South Florida (feedingsouthflorida.org), is working with the state’s emergency-response authorities to make sure food, water, and other disaster supplies are deployed quickly in the areas of highest need. Throughout the year, Feeding South Florida rescues more than 44 million pounds of food from going to waste and distributes it to 400 partner organizations, including shelters, food pantries, and soup kitchens in Palm Beach, Monroe, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. The charity also offers drop-in hours to provide administrative assistance to people applying for food stamps, Medicaid, and other social services.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■