Farmers Feeding Florida
Through a partnership with Bayer CropScience, the Foundation is collaborating with Farmers Feeding Florida to provide grower incentives for wholesome yet unmarketable food to be delivered to families participating in the Redlands Christian Migrant Association’s programs.
Leadership Service Projects
Each year, FFVA’s Emerging Leader Development Program class learns about community and the importance of supporting groups that address the needs of farmworkers and their families. Each class undertakes a service project to help the farmworker families served by the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. Those projects have included drives for shirts and food.
RCMA Christmas Cards
RCMA provides quality child care and early education for children of migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout Florida. The largest non-profit child-care provider in Florida, RCMA is a leader in high-quality early childhood services. The Foundation participates each year in the RCMA Christmas Card Project to raise money through the sale of holiday cards designed by RCMA students. In 2017, over 12,000 cards were printed with sales over $28,000. RCMA will earn a match of 16:1 on the net proceeds from those sales. For more information and to participate in the program, download the flier below.
The annual Benefit Auction, sponsored by the Foundation, raises $30,000 on average each year at FFVA’s annual convention to support the George Sorn Scholarship program, RCMA and the Emerging Leader Development Program. Each year at the convention, bidders vie for a splendid array of sports items, travel packages, wine selections, gifts and more while raising funds for a great cause. The Benefit Auction has raised over $600,000 over the past 20 years.
RCMA Hurricane Relief Fund
Florida’s farmworker families suffered in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017. The storm’s disruption of early-season farm work left many jobless, homeless and running out of cash. The funds raised helped provide immediate basic living essentials and temporary housing needs for these families. The RCMA staff worked diligently to coordinate food deliveries and housing arrangements for the distressed families.
The campaign raised $130,950 – a significant amount of support for the farmworker families. Monsanto graciously stepped up with a $50,000 challenge to the FFVA members and stakeholders to reach $100,000. Farm Credit/AgFirst/CoBank then committed $15,000 to the efforts. FFVA and the Foundation contributed $20,000, as did the Florida Tomato Committee/Exchange. Many donors participated to exceed the goal.
We are pleased that by reaching and exceeding the $100,000 goal, RCMA was able to receive an additional $50,000 in donations from three foundations in Naples.
Reiter Affiliated Companies Fund
Reiter Affiliated Companies has set up a donor-directed fund to be administered by the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation. The Reiter organization is an independent grower for Driscoll’s and is proud to grow their berries in Dover and Lake Placid, Florida.
The fund is directed to non-profit organizations who seek to live the Reiter mission through work that directly impacts the well-being of the farmworker community. In early 2018, $10,000 was donated to RCMA to assist their centers with hurricane relief funding. Additionally, $3,600 was donated to Feeding Tampa Bay with a request that the funds be used to provide food supplies to farmworker families of RCMA centers.
Funds will be donated annually based on the company’s percentage of annual profitability.