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Health & Safety

Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) is one of Feeding South Florida’s (FSF) most innovative and effective approaches to bringing nutritious foods into neighborhoods that have been deemed food deserts. The residents in these areas have limited access to nutritious food and/or retail grocery stores and live below the federal poverty level. Through the MFP, individuals and families are able to access foods vital to a healthy diet.... more »
Who are you?

Feeding South Florida's mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Food insecurity (not knowing where you will get your next meal), caused by low wages and little access to healthy food, is a significant barrier that prevents so many from living, working and thriving in Florida. According to Children’s Health Watch, food insecurity is linked to increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, and higher obesity rates among children. For older adults, food insecurity is tied to increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, kidney failure, and memory loss.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Feeding South Florida Mobile Food Pantry addresses the Our Miami Report Health and Safety Goals 2 and 3. In particular, the 23.9% of the population of Miami that is considered obese, the heart disease death rate of 352.4 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above, and the stroke death rate of 60.3 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above all have direct links to the access members of our community have to healthy food options.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Each week, FSF and Glory Temple Ministries, located in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, host a Mobile Food Pantry (MFP). Hundreds of families in need receive fresh fruits and vegetables in a farmer’s market style distribution. Individuals have the option to choose the items they like with the same dignity as shopping in a regular open-air market, rather than receiving donated items that they may not use. Each week, an average of 16,842 pounds of food are distributed through this MFP.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Feeding South Florida

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Housing & Affordability

Back to the City: Reurbanization Brings Opportunities

The message is simple; provide quality, affordable housing for individuals, families and communities to thrive. Commit to innovation and responsiveness to difficult real estate related urban issues. TASG strongly believes that livability and sustainability are closely aligned. By incorporating innovative practices into housing developments we aim to promote greater environmental and social health for the communities... more »
Who are you?

TASG Development, LLC is a privately held real estate development company based out of Miami, Florida. TASG's core focus is to establish sustainable housing that is green and create innovative solutions to community development challenges.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Several factors are at play here, including the recent recession and housing crisis. However all of these factors are driving development of high cost housing. Adaptive reuse can become a popular tactic in affordable housing development, as we encourage revitalization of long-neglected areas. Once housing has been built, that drives opportunities for retail development.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The economic stability of Miamians is a major factor in how comfortably they can live here. Standard living costs, i.e., rents and mortgages, at 30% or more consume the largest share of a residents' income and determine their overall financial health. Cultivation of affordable housing to help ease its cost-burdened residents will go a long way toward making Miami a more affordable place to live.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Home buyers directly affected by shortage of affordable housing have been able to purchase homes reducing their standard living costs on average by 23.7% in addition to utilizing homebuyer programs as a result of our focus coordinating support among businesses, organized labor, local government, faith communities, housing advocates and concentrated public education media campaigns.

Organization Name (or individuals name) TASG Development LLC

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Civic Engagement

PhilanthroFest 2015 Festival! Get the 411 on 4/11 at Museum Park

Increase volunteerism, community engagement and donor investment throughout South Florida with the PhilanthroFest 2015 Festival.

Entering it's 4th year, the festival showcases 100+ causes & community resources while connecting people in need to service providers, and those who wish to get involved, donate or volunteer connect with organizations that align with their passions and values.

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Who are you?

We are about connecting people, passion and philanthropy; enriching the cultural landscape of Miami; and empowering individuals with information & inspiration. We are a grass-roots civic engagement movement. We are PhilanthroFest!

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Philanthrofest helps organizations connect both on-line and in real life. We recognize that by helping organizations thrive, they are able to better serve their mission.

By participating in the PhilanthroFest festival, non-profit participants are able to engage Miamians in their cause. Individuals are able to immerse in causes they care about and see how they can help fill unmet needs. Connecting people, passion and philanthropy is a huge step in increasing civic engagement.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

By giving residents a platform to meet and greet with over 100 causes we are able to positively effect the Miami metro volunteer rate and push past the 15% mark while increasing the likelihood that they will invest dollars & time into the causes they connect with. Early participation in volunteer activities promotes lifelong civic involvement which is why we are bolstering our attractors for children and young adults. We are creating an engaged citizenry which will collectively elevate Miami.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Brand building and exposure for over 100 causes at each festival; Increased interactions and lead generation for non-profits; Unique fundraising and experiential education opportunities; Exposure for over two dozen visual & performing artists; Community reach via various media including print, TV, on-line radio & social media; Additionally, participating orgs enjoy positive collateral impacts such as growing volunteer & donor base, networking & creating new collaborations with other causes.

Organization Name (or individuals name) PhilanthroFest

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