The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Feeding South Florida $50,000 Grant Following Warehouse Fire

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Deerfield Beach, Fla. In response to a recent fire that destroyed 93,000 pounds of food at the Feeding South Florida (FSF) (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) warehouse in Broward County, The Jim Moran Foundation announced a $50,000 grant to help reprovision their shelves to meet the immediate needs of hungry families through its partnering agencies.

"Today's decision by The Foundation continues my husband's legacy of compassionate, responsive philanthropy to the ever-changing needs of our community.  With too many children going to bed hungry and too many people not knowing where their next meal will come from, now is the right time to help," said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation.

Although the warehouse did not suffer any significant damage, toxic fumes and chemicals emitted by the fire destroyed the equivalent of 62,000 meals.  FSF had plans to relocate its Broward warehouse to a larger, more efficient facility in a few weeks.  Following the fire, the move was accelerated to last weekend.

"This generous grant demonstrates The Jim Moran Foundation's level of determination to respond swiftly to the community in times of crisis," said Bruce Berman, president of the Board, Feeding South Florida.  "With this funding and additional support from others who have stepped up to help, we will be able to continue to feed thousands of hungry families in South Florida every day."

Additional donations are needed to continue empowering South Florida non-profits to fight hunger and poverty.  Non-perishable items and dry goods are being accepted at Feeding South Florida's new warehouse, 2501 S.W. 32 Terr. in Pembroke Park, on Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Financial donations are also welcome, and may be mailed to the same address.  For every $1 donated, Feeding South Florida can provide six meals.  Every week, FSF distributes 402,739 pounds of food, which translates to 268,493 meals.

About Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) is a not-for-profit organization which empowers other South Florida not-for-profit organizations to feed needy people and improve their lives. We do this by providing food and other grocery products; and by educating and engaging our community to fight hunger and poverty. Through a local network of 800 other not-for-profit organizations, Feeding South Florida strives to serve children, the elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, veterans and the working poor with compassion and integrity.  Feeding South Florida is a member of Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity.  To learn more about Feeding South Florida visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call (954) 518-1818.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by Jim Moran in 2000, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundations significant funders are JM Family Enterprises Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. To learn more about The Foundation visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

Media Contacts:

Anthea Pennant
Feeding South Florida
(786) 229-7581

Ilisa Finkelman
The Jim Moran Foundation
(954) 363-5550