Food packages given out in Miami should last family of 4 for a week, organizers say
MIAMI – Up to 1,000 families will be catered for on Tuesday thanks to the food distributed in the Mana Convention Center in Miami.
The city of Miami has partnered with prosecutors and Farm Share to distribute crates of food to those struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
Each distribution can feed 500 to 1,000 families a day.
It was a fairly efficient operation as volunteers loaded fruit, vegetables, meat, and drinks into people’s suitcases.
“This is obviously a necessity in relation to food,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
Suarez, diagnosed with COVID-19 last month, said he felt great and greeted residents Tuesday as he helped put food in people’s suitcases.
He said he saw the need for food across South Florida as great.
“Unfortunately, the unemployment checks are not being processed quickly enough and that is a big problem in our community,” he said. “People are not getting the help they need from the governments that have promised it. That is why we try to do everything in our power at the local level to help our residents who have enormous, enormous needs. ”
In Tropical Park in the southwest of Miami-Dade, the passage there for food had to open earlier due to a large participation.
Volunteers gave away 700 meals in an hour.
The organizers said that a family of four shared meals should be enough for a week.
“Everyone was very grateful, grateful, lowered their windows, waved us a thumbs up and was very grateful (during) this time of need,” said Danny Barcia of Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation.
Food raffles are held every Tuesday and Saturday in the Tropical Park until further notice.
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