MIAMI, Fla. (FNN) – Farm Share President and CEO Stephen Shelley released a video Friday in which he celebrates a successful Legislative Session by thanking the Florida Legislature for approving millions of dollars in new funding in the 2022-23 state budget for the free food distribution giant.
State Representative Randy Fine’s Bill
State Representative Randy Fine sponsored an appropriations bill (HB 2189) requesting $3 million for Farm Share’s food distribution program.
To review the Budgetary Appropriation proposal in full, click here.
Rep. Fine is no stranger to fighting food insecurity, or working with Farm Share. In December 2021, he earned Farm Share’s inaugural Food Security Ambassador Award in recognition of his efforts to address food insecurity and his participation in food distribution events.
Florida Politics reports that Rep. Fine donated his legislative salary to Farm Share in April 2020 and hosted several events (including one on his birthday) to provide Brevard County residents with fresh food at the beginning of the pandemic.
State Rep. Daisy Morales, Rep. Randy Fine’s Only House Co-Sponsor
Florida State Representative Daisy Morales (D-Orlando) is the only Florida House co-sponsor supporting the funding request for Farm Share. Since 2016, the then Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor and now state lawmaker addressed food insecurity and hosted numerous food distribution events with Farm Share across Orange County. Her inaugural event with the food distribution giant took place in the Town of Eatonville in partnership with then State Representative Bob Cortes and Councilwoman Angela Thomas in October that year.
Many Florida lawmakers across the state have partnered with Farm Share for food distribution events.
In addition to the video, Rep. Morales shared the gratitude email she received from Farm Share also thanking her for her “vote of confidence” on the budgetary proposal.
“Dear Representative Morales,
We would like to send you a message of gratitude from our CEO -Stephen Shelley- regarding your latest vote of confidence and support for Farm Share. Being fully funded by the Florida legislature means that Farm Share will have the resources it needs to continue feeding hungry families, children, seniors and individuals in need throughout Florida. This includes hardworking families who are encountering the highest inflation in four (4) decades for food, gas, rent and other household staples. Thanks to your help Farm Share will be able to continue providing these Floridians life sustaining food.
With our warmest gratitude,
Team Farm Share”
“President and CEO Stephen Shelley is right in the video. With Florida families still reeling from the economic effects of the pandemic, and now inflation and supply chain shortages, we need to combat food insecurity now more than ever,” said Rep. Morales. “I continue to support Farm Share and other food distribution centers across the state.”
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