MAY 19: Miami Children’s Museum Awesome Drive-Thru Food Giveaway Presented by Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation In Partnership with Farm Share & Miami-Dade County
Tuesday, May 19th / 9AM – Noon
While Miami Children’s Museum’s facility is temporarily closed to the public due to current Covid-19 restrictions, it remains dedicated to serving the community and fulfilling its mission by being a beacon for South Florida families. The Museum has joined with Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation and partnered with Farm Share, a leading statewide food profit, to help the less fortunate and hungry in our community with an Awesome Food Giveaway on Tuesday, May 19th from 9AM to Noon at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami.
It is a contactless delivery system for a drive through pickup. Cars must enter the drive to the Museum and form a line. When it is their turn, they can pull up to the distribution point with their windows up and their trunks open. There will be food packages for up to 500 families on a first come first served basis. No walk ups will be allowed.
“When our sons were young, their favorite place was the Miami Children’s Museum. Our son Calder visited the Museum on the evening before he unexpectedly passed. The Museum is not only a happy place, but a sacred place for us. The Caleb and Calder Crane Factory in the Port of Miami exhibit dedicated to Mr. Awesome warms our hearts. We’ve long partnered with Deborah Spiegelman and her excellent team at the Miami Children’s Museum on numerous events. When we first heard about the incredible work of Farm Share, we became excited beyond measure to collaborate with them in feeding families and people in need with this Free Food Giveaway.” – Chris and Carla Sloan co-founders of Caleb and Calder’s Awesome Foundation.
“It is an honor for us to work with the wonderful Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation to bring some assistance to those most vulnerable in our community who are experiencing challenging times,” says Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and Executive Director of Miami Children’s Museum. “We are also excited to be working with Farm Share to fight hunger in our community.”
“Farm Share is beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue providing nearly 2 million pounds of fresh produce and nutritious food to thousands of Floridians every week across the state. Today’s event will provide hundreds of local families with 10-15 pounds of food for the week ahead,” said Stephen Shelley, Farm Share CEO.
For more information about Miami Children’s Museum call: (305)373-KIDS (5437) ext 128 or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
Though temporarily closed to the public, Miami Children’s Museum offers an exciting “Museum At Home” online program that continues to bring all the experiences of the Museum in the safety and comfort of one’s own home. Access the Program through:
YouTube: Miami Children’s Museum
Miami Children’s Museum offers bilingual and interactive exhibits, programs, classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. The Museum has 17 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. The Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, the Museum seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by being the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.
About Miami Children’s Museum
Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to reach their highest potential. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; KidSmart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. To learn more about the museum, please visit our website: www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. The Museum is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.
About Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation
Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation is a 501(3)c non-profit focused on child advocacy, children’s social issues and water safety in the memory of Calder Jacob Sloan, whose personal mantra was laughter, adventure and kindness. Calder, affectionately known as “Mr. Awesome,” was just 7 years old when he lost his life in a tragic accident caused by the electrification of a metal light in the family’s swimming pool. Calder’s younger brother, Caleb, will play an active role in the foundation as he grows up.
Since the organization’s founding in 2016, Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation has succeeded in changing pool safety codes in the state of Florida; raised awareness to the dangers of electrical wiring in pools and homes; transformed and beautified three inner-city schools with Annual Awesome Give Back Days; packed thousands of backpacks full school supplies for underprivileged children with its signature event House of Awesome; supported Parkland High School students in the wake of the deadly tragedy; responded to many numerous natural disasters with supplies and matching funds, The Annual Calder Sloan Toy Drive for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and created Operation Puerto Rico Gift Lift and Care Lift to provide over $500,000 worth of aid and toys to the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Most recently, the Foundation just completed the campaign “Covid-19 Has Met Its Match” which raised $120,000 in matching donations to over 50 charities and organizations involved in Covid-19 relief such as food banks, first responders, PPE suppliers, and hospitals. The Awesome Foundation is now embarking on a series of food giveaways for families, communities, and people in need throughout South Florida partnering with Farm Share.
To stay involved, follow Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the official website at http://ccawesomefoundation.org.
About Farm Share
In 1991, food waste led to the creation of one of the nation’s most sustainable food charities, Farm Share. The organization’s founder, Patricia Robbins Alger, discovered that thousands of pounds of perfectly good fruits and vegetables were discarded daily by farmers and others because they weren’t “pretty” enough to sell commercially. Using the fresh produce for good, Farm Share began to distribute the food to agencies, soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and churches at no cost, helping feed Florida’s most in-need residents. Today, Farm Share is led by CEO Stephen Shelley and serves more than 2,000 partnering agencies. For every dollar donated, Farm Share can distribute 10 pounds of food. To learn more, please visit www.farmshare.org.