Commissioner Martinez, Farm Share distribute 85,000 pounds of food

By Lorena Guerra-Macias….

Miami-Dade Commission chair-elect Joe A. Martinez helps a resident carry the items she received at the annual Holiday Food Distribution at Hammocks Community Park on Dec. 11.

Some 3,000 Miami-Dade residents lined up at Hammocks Community Park on Saturday, Dec. 11, to receive free nutritious food courtesy of Miami-Dade Commission chair-elect Joe A. Martinez and Farm Share.

Martinez’s Holiday Food Distribution annually helps residents in need by offering fruits, vegetables and other items. This year, approximately 85,000 pounds of food were distributed. Each resident received a bag including a whole chicken, fruits, vegetables, cheese, rice, applesauce and juice.

“Unfortunately, the need is still great for many families who are affected by joblessness and other factors worsened by the recession,” Martinez said. “In the past, this event has helped thousands who can focus on their families during the holidays instead of worrying about providing basic necessities.”

In addition to food distribution, Miami-Dade’s Water and Sewer and Sustainability Departments were able to help residents exchange light bulbs and showerheads for higher efficiency models. In total, 69 old showerheads were exchanged for water-efficient models and 372 compact fluorescent light bulbs were distributed to replace energy-wasting incandescent bulbs.

The Alliance for Aging also provided residents with useful information on how Medicare recipients could save money for prescription medications.

Established in 1991, Farm Share is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the recovery, sorting, packing and distribution of nutritious foods for people in need.

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