MIAMI (CBS4) – Hundreds of needy families will have a much brighter holiday season thanks to Feed the Children and PepsiCo which made a special delivery Tuesday morning to distribution site at 1779 N.W. 28th Street – a tractor trailer truck packed with food and other goodies.

Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano was on hand to help distribute boxes to more than 400 families which waited patiently in line. Fasano has hosted Feed The Children distributions in his hometown of Newark, N.J. for the past five years.

Some of those waiting said they had lost their jobs in the last year and have been unable to find work while others said they just weren’t making enough to make ends meet. Many have children and could not afford to buy extra food or gifts in the face of climbing grocery bills.

“You have to make it stretch. You have to stretch it out and whatever little help is (available) outside you come and get it,” said Ivonne Cortes. “There’s no shame in that.”

“I don’t know what the box contains but I’m looking forward to having to having a nice Christmas Eve,” said Bertha Vales.

Each family received a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of essentials and a box of Avon products. The items are designed to help a family for up to one week.

According to Feed The Children, more than 20 percent of children living in Miami-Dade County are considered impoverished. The number of impoverished Florida children could fill the Sun Life Stadium more than nine times.


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