Harvest Drive
  • The mission of the Harvest Drive, Inc. is to promote the concept of philanthropy to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students by providing the opportunity for them to give back directly to their community in a basic and meaningful way. Students working in conjunction with community partners provide food and other necessities including gently used clothing and household items to Broward County schools’ families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday and throughout the year. The Harvest Drive strives to educate students on the issue of hunger in our community and empower them to take leadership roles in lessening hunger’s devastating impact.

     “Children Helping Children” remains the theme of the Harvest Drive after 25 years. The children throughout Broward County Schools continue to be the focal point of our activities and most students will be assisting in our efforts. Harvest Drive has 14 distribution sites and all Broward County public schools are invited to participate. Each school has their own method of raising awareness and collecting the non-perishable food from the current need’s list.

     Harvest Drive’s Year-round Goal:
    Harvest Drive will be a resource for needy families in crisis for assistance with food and other necessities. Families are referred by Broward County school social workers and social service agencies. Harvest Drive has developed a Helping Hands Food Box Program for the Broward

Harvest Drive

  • The Thanksgiving Harvest Drive in action

    The Thanksgiving Harvest Drive is a yearlong project that culminates in a charitable event that takes place in the majority of the Broward County Public Schools every November. Students, businesses, churches, and temples conduct drives and supply the Harvest Drive with the non-perishable food, which is then distributed to the families. Community businesses, corporations, civic organizations, Parent Teacher Associations, volunteer organizations, and individual donors have generously sponsored the Harvest Drive by providing money to purchase all perishable foods and gift cards. Various High School clubs collect large quantities of food obtained at neighborhood Publix and Walmart stores during Harvest Days throughout the county.

    Preparation for the actual distribution day takes place at each host school. This is an effort that entails the participation and coordination of hundreds of students, school personnel, and many community volunteers. All items collected are dropped off at the respective distribution school sites. Volunteers sort, inventory, and label all donations. The non-perishable food items are packed in six to ten overflowing grocery bags per family.

  • Harvest Drive's Needs List

    Harvest Drive Needed Non-perishable Items 

    Boxed Mashed Potatoes
    Canned Black Beans
    Canned Cranberry Sauce
    Canned Pasta Sauce
    Canned Sweet Potatoes
    Canned Vegetables
    Cookies & Crackers
    Cornbread Muffix Mix
    Gravy - No Glass Jars
    Mac and Cheese
    Pancake Mix
    Peanut Butter
    Powdered Milk
    Stuffing Mix

    No Glass Containers Please!

    The Harvest Drive is a non profit 501(c)3.
    If you would like to donate to our organization,
    or for more information on volunteering opportunities
    visit www.harvestdriveflorida.com