TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — A week after the Florida Keys were slammed by Hurricane Irma, major concerns over food and water remain on the island.
Irma destroyed an estimated one out of every four homes in the Keys and took a major toll on the area’s supplies.
“Anything that residents need have to be brought in,” said Michelle Ubben, a spokesperson for Farm Share.
But, the trucks are giving residents a glimmer of hope: delivering a combined total of 88,000 pounds of toiletries, diapers and cleaning supplies.
Fresh fruits, vegetables and canned foods were also included.
“So many people are displaced. So many people are without food, water and essentials,” Ubben continued.
Farm Share is a non-profit organization which takes blemished food too ugly for grocery store shelves and redistributes it to those in need.
Since Irma hit, Farm Share has been receiving a call every three minutes for a request for food. On Sunday, the non-profit brought 44,000 pounds of food to Miami, enough to feed between 700 to 800 families.
Farm Share says, in the past week alone, it has given out over one million pounds of food.
It isn’t just Florida Residents who need help, either. Farm Share is also feeding linemen restoring power for the more than 200,000 Floridians who are still without it, a week after the storm.
The organization says it has future distributions planed for parts of Fort Meyers and Jacksonville.