L&M Companies is a year-round grower and supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the company has sourced, packed, and distributed over 900,000 pounds of produce to hunger relief organizations in Florida. In the next 90 days, L&M expects to rescue 16,000,000 pounds of food as they expand their Farmers to Families Food Box Program to North Carolina, delivering food to rural families in need.
L&M reports that Dream Coat, a small local thrift store, was able to open back up and distribute produce boxes to community members in need. Helen McGee, a member of St. James United Methodist Church, used her network of Methodist churches and philanthropic organizations to develop a hub system for L&M's volunteer unloading and distribution. This allowed L&M's one truck to deliver to four or five "hubs" on Friday morning, which then distributed 500 boxes of produce throughout the community to families in need.