More than 1,000 families lined up at Tamiami Lakes Park on Saturday, Apr. 13, to receive nutritious goods courtesy of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez and Farm Share.
Several times a year, Commissioner Martinez partners with Farm Share to distribute food packages to residents in the county.
Among the goods distributed were meats, vegetables, canned goods, milk, fruit and bread. This year, approximately 50,000 pounds of food were distributed.
The children took pictures with the Easter Bunny and had fun in the Easter Egg Hunt searching for the “golden egg,” which entitled them to a special prize.
“People from all walks of life attend this event. It is because of organizations like Farm Share that we are able to assist residents who are finding it difficult to put food on the table and elderly residents with a limited income,” Commissioner Martinez said.
Several County departments, community organizations and local businesses were present to provide residents with information about their services. Residents were also able to exchange up to three used light bulbs per home for energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights, and up to two used shower heads for low consumption models.
The following County Departments and organizations were present: Miami-Dade Police; Miami-Dade Fire Rescue; Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works; Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces; Miami-Dade County Public Library System; Miami-Dade County Elections; Miami-Dade County Special Transportation Services; West Kendall Baptist Hospital; McGruff the Police Dog; the Hispanic Coalition and Piag Museum.
Publix and Harry’s Empanada helped sponsor the event.
Established in 1991, Farm Share is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and malnutrition in the U.S. by recovering fresh and nutritious foods and distributing it to those who need it most.