Miami Dolphins Food Relief Program Joins Miami-Dade Public Schools To Feed Students In Need – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins have partnered with Miami-Dade County’s public schools to help feed hunger in South Florida.

Since schools closed on March 13 due to COVID-19, addressing food insecurity needs exacerbated by the pandemic has been a top priority for M-DCPS.

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At a food distribution event at Norland High School in Miami Gardens on Tuesday, the organizations announced an expansion of their partnership for the summer months and beyond.

Left-right picture: Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations Nat Moore; Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman and CEO of Miami Dolphins; M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho; Jason Jenkins, senior vice president of communications and community affairs for Miami Dolphins; and Jesse Marks, executive director of the Miami Dolphins Foundation, prepare to hand out meals. (Peter McMahon / Miami Dolphins)

“We remain determined to be a lifeline for our children and families in need,” said school principal Alberto Carvalho. “The Miami-Dade County Public Schools are fortunate to have made a generous donation from the Miami Dolphins to help fight food insecurity in our community.”

Since the school closed, more than four million meals have been distributed across the district and meal distribution continues at 50 schools across the county.

The food is distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays. The summer hours are now from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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To support this initiative, the Miami Dolphins are committed to donating 500 refrigerated take-away meals each week for a year for a year. These meals are offered in addition to breakfast and lunch by M-DCPS to take away at schools in the Miami Gardens area.

This donation is part of the newly announced weekday food distributions by Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Miami Dolphins Sr. Vice President, Alumni Relations Nat Moore at the Miami Norland Senior High School food distribution event in Miami Gardens on June 9, 2020. (Peter McMahon / Miami Dolphins)

“With the Dolphins Food Relief Program launched by our owner Stephen Ross, we wanted to find a sustainable way to get food to the people who need it most in our own backyard in Miami Gardens,” said Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman and CEO of Miami Dolphins. “We are proud to be working with a great partner at Miami-Dade Schools, offering meals to children and families for at least next year. We hope this program will ease the uncertainty about where the next meal is coming from and allow us to focus on healing together as a community. ”

M-DCPS has also partnered with the Miami Dolphins and other donors, local organizations and restaurant owners to provide tens of thousands of hot meals to children and families through the Family Meals-on-the-Go initiative.

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The Miami Dolphins donated $ 125,000 to the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc. for this program when it began. More than 46,000 hot meals have been delivered since March 25, and donors have contributed more than $ 1.1 million to date.

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