Non Profit 501(c)3 since 1978
We opened in August of 1978. Founded by civic minded individuals who saw a need not being met in the community. The Sharing Center was initially staffed with volunteer help, we had a modest budget and served 30 people per month.
The Community Kitchen and Thrift Shop programs were opened in 1985. Originally the food served through our kitchen came from local churches but due to the increased need we now have staff on hand to prepare the daily meal.
In 1989 the Sharing Center moved to its Cocoa location. As the needs in the community grew the Sharing Center has expanded to meet many of the needs by adding a second location in Merritt Island.
The Central Brevard Sharing Center’s mission is to provide emergency assistance to those in our community who are
struggling with life’s most basic needs. Here is a recap of the services provided last year 2013-2014.
Meals Severed – 48,609 meals we served through our Community Kitchen Program.
Emergency Food – 9,278 Hungry men, women & children were provided emergency food.
Pounds of Food – 283,746 of food were distributed through our Emergency Food Program.
Client Assistance – 15,251 persons received assistance with basic needs such as clothing, household items, hygiene, baby food & formula, bicycles, etc.
Children’s Weekend Food – 2,880 Bags of food were distributed.
Provided Showers – 2,651 persons received a shower last year.
Cold Night Shelter – 125 persons where provided a warm place to stay while the temperature dropped below 45 degrees or less overnight.
Holiday Meals – 328 Full Turkey Dinners were provided to families in need.
Christmas/Holiday Gifts/Stockings – 598 children received Christmas/Holiday gifts.
New Shoes for Kids – 314 pair of shoes were given to children in need when returning to school.