Florida Crystals Supports Glades Central High School Food Pantry with Donations of Rice and Sweet Corn

Florida Crystals was excited to be part of the ribbon-cutting for Glades Central High School’s Muck Market Food Pantry, a program we supported from dream to fruition in Belle Glade, Florida, where we grow, harvest and mill our sugarcane and rice.

The Muck Market, organized by the Glades Central Chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Class of 2021, opened in May and is the first student-led food pantry in a Florida school.

We were pleased to donate our locally grown rice as well as sweet corn from our partnership with Hundley Farms to local educators and students, who can visit the Muck Market each Monday and Wednesday. 

“We really just want to do everything we can to help reduce food insecurity in our community,” said I’Yunni Phillips, FFA Chapter President. The Muck Market opened using a grant from the National FFA and with help from the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

Local dignitaries, including school and Belle Glade city officials, celebrated the Muck Market’s opening alongside Florida Crystals Rice Mill Operation Manager Adrian Mendoza.

“I’ve been part of Florida Crystals for over 27 years,” said Adrian, who grew up in the Glades and has family members who work for Florida Crystals and other agricultural companies. “We partner a lot with the community to donate to food banks and food pantries. Being that rice is a staple food, it really goes a long way and helps out.”

Palm Beach County School Board Member Marcia Andrews said she was excited to attend the grand opening and see all of the food that was available for students, teachers and staff.

“No one will be left hungry; no one will be left behind,” she said.