As The Jim Moran Foundation Award recipient for 2017, Renee was presented with a bronze sculpture created by South Florida artist George Gadson. The Foundation also provided an unrestricted $50,000 grant in Renee’s honor to Harvest Drive, the nonprofit of her choice.
In the early 1990s, Renee realized there were families in her neighborhood without enough to eat and decided to do something about it. She organized a small food drive along with a local elementary school to provide groceries to 20 struggling families. This effort led to the launch of Harvest Drive.
The all-volunteer organization staffed by students, teachers, school administrators and community members now holds multiple collection efforts, sorts donations and distributes a week’s worth of food each year, including a full Thanksgiving meal, to more than 2,400 families throughout Broward County.
Families in need of gently-used clothing and household items also receive assistance year-round through the nonprofit’s “pop-up” boutique.
With a caring heart and a goal to stamp out hunger, Renee teaches youth from an early age how their contributions can improve the lives of others.