Palmetto Bay District 1 Councilmember Patrick Fiore conducted his third annual food drive on Nov. 23 with the help of Vice Mayor John DuBois, Christ Fellowship Church and Publix Supermarket.
“The turkeys were donated by the Publix on US1 and 148th Street,” said Councilmember Fiore. “I’d like to thank Troy Fuerbach, the general manager of the Publix, for donating the turkeys. Sedano’s Supermarket donated bricks of coffee, and Christ Fellowship Church donated the food boxes. I want to thank Pastor Jorge Molina at Christ Fellowship; Chet England, who is director of operations at the church, and Deanna Spallone.”
The food boxes contained various dry goods and canned goods, mashed potatoes in a box, vegetables, gravy and stuffing, that had been collected by volunteers at the church and then prepared as packages for the distribution. Fiore said that this year they reached approximately 20 families on low or fixed incomes, including seniors.
Christ Fellowship Church delivers food boxes around Miami-Dade County each year to about 600 people and has for the past few years worked with Fiore to reach additional families in Palmetto Bay. They also do a food ministry each month countywide to more than a hundred families.
Fiore said that seeing the looks of appreciation on people’s faces when they receive the turkeys and food boxes makes all the effort worthwhile.
“It’s extremely rewarding to me,” Fiore said. “When I first started this in 2011 I wanted to continue to do it, and as long as I’m in office this is something I want to do on Thanksgiving. I was very happy that the vice mayor accompanied me again. Last year he was the vice mayor elect. I thank Christ Fellowship, Publix and Sedano’s for their donation. It’s done in the spirit of giving at this time of the year. It’s one of the most enjoyable things that I do, to be able to give back to the community.”