LITTLE HAVANA (CBS4) – Hundreds of people braved the chilly weather Tuesday night to be among the first to receive a voucher good for a free basket of food.

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce (CAMACOL) will begin handing out the food vouchers Wednesday morning to the first 3,000 people beginning at 9 a.m. at their headquarters at 1401 West Flagler Street in Miami, but many showed up to camp out overnight to be sure they get the food needed to prepare Noche Buena dinner.

The lucky recipients of the voucher will return to the CAMACOL to collect their dinner fixings in a few weeks.

The grocery giveaway event began 25 years ago when the CAMACOL handed out holiday gift bags to help ten families. It certainly has grown over the years. The organization now provides 3,000 families with food bags, truckloads of food that donated by several companies.


  1. DR1958 says:

    It’s always nice to help the truly needy, but I grew up around that neighborhood, and there were lots of people there, receiving “Refugee” assistance and other state and federal aid (which they would brag about getting) while living in nice homes (with rent paid for by the gov’t thru something called Section 8), plenty of food stamps (which they would spend at the old Grand Union, now Sedano’s, on Flagler y 13th Avenue, after driving up to the store in their nice late-model cars. This kind of stuff was widespread in that neighborhood, and they also had full time decent jobs. Interesting to get special financial treatment just because decades before you fled from a communist state. As a teenager, I didn’t know what to make of all that or what to do about it: it was widespread in that neighborhood, and eveyone basically knew it was going on. No other group of folks received such special treatment, financially, from the system, as far as I know.

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