palm beach harvest
June 12 2009
Our motto “Meet The Need To Feed"
Palm Beach Harvest is a non profit, community-based organization of volunteers who collect and transport surplus food to non-profit distribution centers throughout Palm Beach County.
As the number one provider of rescued food in Palm Beach County, food banks, churches, and other nonprofits rely on the millions of pounds of food donations we rescue each year in order to feed the hungry in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach Harvest provides food 365 days a year to thousands of hungry children and adults who would otherwise go without eating.
Palm Beach Harvest utilizes volunteers who donate their time to rescue over seven million pounds of food every year. Community gardens are set up to provide additional produce to create the opportunity for the community to learn how to grow additional food for themselves. Where hungry adults and children find food and shelter, Palm Beach Harvest provides nutritious hot meals to those who come to their doors. Palm Beach Harvest feeds people with acquired surplus, as well as food grown or sold at wholesale or retail.
Back in 1998, Deborah Morgan heard about a new organization called Palm Beach Harvest that collected leftover food and delivered it to soup kitchens and food banks.
She volunteered to serve as a transporter, picking up soon-to-be-discarded food from a Palm Springs Publix and driving it to a soup kitchen west of Boynton Beach. She worked two mornings a week with her daughter, Holly, strapped into a car seat.
“I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and do something to give back to my community,” Morgan said.
She still transports food, but now she’s the executive director – one of two paid staff members at the non-profit organization, where donations are tax deductible.
The rest of the work is done by some 200 volunteers who move about 5 million pounds of food annually to more than 100 soup kitchens, food pantries, housing authorities and recovery centers throughout Palm Beach County.
Deborah has a rich agricultural background and was a commercial beekeeper for more than a decade. She is also an advisor to the United Farmers Alliance and has served on the Salvation Army Board of Directors for more than ten years.