MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A local non-profit is helping to feed the hungry with the help of the Miami-Dade Police Department.READ MORE: Attorney: School Gunman Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty To Massacre; Parkland Families React
The event – held at the Miami-Dade Police Department’s south district station in Cutler Bay wrapped up around noon on Friday.
About 60,000 pounds of free food were given out to families in need. Its mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition.
The Florida City non-profit Farm Share sends volunteers to collect, re-sort and package an abundance of surplus food and deliver them to organizations that feed the hungry.
“Today, this time of the month and summer is over and things get a little short,” said Food distribution recipient Marie Andrews.READ MORE: Nikolas Cruz Pleads Guilty In BSO Jail Guard Attack
Farm Share partners up with farmers and takes the food items they grow that are rejected due to being slightly misshapen, discolored, too small, too big or blemished which the farmers can’t sell.
“It doesn’t meet the standards for larger name companies like Publix so we take those items and distribute them to families in need,” said Ashley Moore with Farm Share.
At Friday’s event, they partnered with Miami-Police Department.
“Farm share provided food to feed 1,000 families so I’m sure there’s way more than 1,000 families. People were waiting in line since 6 a.m.,” said Miami-Dade Police Office Eddie Smith.
The hungry, usually end up eating whatever they can find. Most of the time, it’s left over foods that have little nutritional value but that wasn’t the case at the food distribution event.MORE NEWS: Parkland Survivor David Hogg On Potential Guilty Plea: 'It's Horrific That Our Community Has To Continue Going Through This'
“I have chicken, okra…a lot of things that I can use,” said Food distribution recipient Fredees Binda.
The next food distribution is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th in Opa Locka.