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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The City of Miami Police Department hosted an event Saturday to help pass out food to the community.

Chief Rodolfo Llanes and State Rep. Cynthia Stafford (D-109) joined Farm Share, along with a host of volunteers and community service organizations, to help 1,000 families in the surrounding area at the department’s North District Substation at 1000 N.W. 62nd Street.

“We’re providing free food to the community,” said Stafford. “Hunger is a real problem and a real issue in the community. And hopefully today we can make a difference in the lives of someone by providing them food, so that someone doesn’t have to go to bed hungry tonight.”

"InBlue" performs at a food distribution event in front of the Miami Police North District station. (Source: CBS4)

“InBlue” performs at a food distribution event in front of the Miami Police North District station. (Source: CBS4)

The city’s own police band, “InBlue” gave a special performance and also put together a basketball tournament with the local youth.

The department had officers personally distribute food to express their love for the community they serve.

“We want our officers to be in contact with the community in a way that’s not police-related. We’re here to help,” said Chief Llanes.

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