Miami Dolphins Foundation Launches Food Relief Program – CBS Miami
MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins Foundation and team owner Stephen Ross are committed to helping families in need keep food on their tables.
Beginning June 1, the newly formed Miami Dolphins Food Relief Program will offer at least 1,000 meals outside of Hard Rock Stadium every weekday.
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The food, which will be prepared by Centerplate, the team’s food, beverage and retail partner, will be available to families in need in Miami Gardens through a voucher system for a period of up to 12 months.
On Sundays, the dolphins will work with the area churches, local leaders, and community groups to buy food from local restaurants to provide at least 1,000 meals each Sunday to be distributed to those dealing with food insecurity.
The program will create jobs and income for local food service providers, while also keeping guest service and security staff at the stadium that was not used due to event cancellations due to COVID-19.
Stephen Ross and the organization will invest $ 2 million in the Miami Dolphins Foundation’s food aid program and work to raise an additional $ 1 million by raising all of the dollars raised by the South Florida community and Miami Dolphins fans around the world to create a total potential impact of $ 4 million. I
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Individuals and businesses interested in participating in the Match program can donate online at Dolphins.com/meals. All gifts are tax deductible, with 100% of the funds raised going directly to food aid. All donors over $ 50 will receive a special gift from Miami Dolphins FOOTBALL UNITES ™ from Ross and Vice Chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel in recognition of their participation in this matching campaign.
“We are committed to tackling food insecurity and as the first step in rebuilding our community to help create consistent jobs, starting in Miami Gardens,” said Ross. “We are grateful for the strength our community has shown through this pandemic, and we hope this program inspires others to give.”
“Unemployment is growing and many people are suffering and need help,” said Garfinkel. “It was important for us to start at home and help the weakest in our community with a long-term commitment. not just a one-time event. “
“I commend the Miami Dolphins Foundation, owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel for their dedication to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “They have set a high standard for others to follow as we all work together to provide food and jobs for those hardest hit by this pandemic.”
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“Given the uncertainty of this crisis, all hands should be on deck and all available resources should be exhausted,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “The Miami Dolphins Organization is stepping up and providing the support our residents need as we continue to fight COVID-19.”