PIO Number: 20-6-22
Check Presentation: 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Feeding South Florida
2501 S.W. 32nd Terrace, Pembroke Park
A significant portion of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF) money will help feed people who are hungry and food insecure in Broward County.
Broward County recently approved granting $100,000 in LETF funding to Feeding South Florida. The LETF money will be donated to the organization on Tuesday. The funding will allow Feeding South Florida to pay for critical transportation needs, workers and warehouse space that will assist with the distribution of more than 700,000 meals.
The services of Feeding South Florida are more in demand than ever due to COVID-19. Feeding South Florida says they’ve seen a doubling in the demand for food by Broward County residents during the pandemic. The need is always present. In the last fiscal year, the food bank provided more than 50 million meals to more than 700,000 people.
“The Broward Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Tony have been valuable partners throughout the pandemic. They understand the food insecurity that COVID-19 has brought to our community and have been with us from the beginning working to assure no one goes hungry in Broward County,” said Francisco ‘Paco’ Velez, Feeding South Florida President and CEO.
This donation continues the commitment of Sheriff Gregory Tony to make a positive, impactful difference in the lives of those who need it most.
“A key element of good community policing is to utilize the resources that we have to render assistance in emergencies. Our partnership with Feeding South Florida allows BSO to help the community with a most basic need during this COVID-19 pandemic - food. It is our honor as public safety professionals to help our neighbors one pound of food at a time,” Sheriff Tony said.
LETF money comes from the seizure and forfeiture of contraband that has been used in the commission of a felony. State law allows BSO to distribute a portion of those funds for the benefit of the community.
THIS REPORT BY:
Carey Codd/Sr. PIO