Outgoing Seat 1 Councilmember Patrick Fiore was joined this year by newly elected Councilmember Karyn Cunningham for the fourth annual Palmetto Bay Food-Box Give-Away on Nov. 22.
With the generous assistance of Christ Fellowship Church, Publix Markets and Sedanos Supermarkets, turkeys and other food items were provided to low-income families for a Thanksgiving dinner. Christ Fellowship Pastor Jorge Molina, who oversees the church’s Community Outreach Program, went with Fiore and Cunningham to distribute the food boxes.
Fiore said he had mixed feelings about doing the giveaway for the final time in his official capacity, but that he was pleased with the way it turned out.
“This is the last one I’m doing, but maybe next year she’ll do it and I’ll join her,” Fiore said. “This might have been the best year yet. Christ Fellowship donated twenty-some food boxes, Publix Palmetto Bay donated the turkeys and Sedano’s donated the bricks of coffee.
“Working in conjunction with Councilwoman-elect Cunningham we were able to get to more people this year than we did last year. It was great to work with her because she also had a number of people in addition to the ones I had who were fixedincome or lower-income residents to help.”
Fiore vacated the District 1 seat to run for mayor. Cunningham, who was elected to that position, said she enjoyed working on the project with him.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our community of kind and caring residents in Palmetto Bay,” Cunningham said. “I look forward to continuing Councilman Fiore’s many great community service initiatives like the Thanksgiving Food Drive while infusing some new ideas to bring all of our community together. A special thank you to Christ Fellowship and Publix for contributing the boxes of canned goods and turkeys.”
Fiore, reflecting on the food drive and the appreciation shown by those they reached out to, said he was pleased with the outcome.
“It was enjoyable,” Fiore said. “Of course it’s always great to give back. Even though my term of office is done, I hope that Ms. Cunningham will continue this effort.”