MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With just days to go until Christmas, long lines continue to form for drive-thru food distributions.
At the King Jesus Ministry in southwest Miami-Dade, cars snaked around the parking lot for the Farmers to Families Food Box distribution.
Karla Fuentes and her friend started lining up at 7 p.m. the night before. They go to food distributions at least twice a week.
“Every Tuesday and Thursday [for] six months,” said Fuentes.
About six months ago, Fuentes lost her job. She also lost one of the most important people in her life – her mother.
“She got COVID and a few weeks later, she disappeared. She isn’t with us anymore,” said Fuentes.
Fuentes has five people to take care of her home. She helps other relatives too and even her neighbors. The food never lasts long because there are so many mouths to feed.
“Maybe 2-3 days. We have kids, ninos,” said Fuentes. “They need milk, cereal, especially staying at home with home school.”
Among those who loaded food packages into cars at the Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution was First Daughter Ivanka Trump.
Trump has been involved with Farmers to Families since its inception.
On Monday, Congress approved a coronavirus stimulus package that included an extension of this successful program, by providing the secretary of Agriculture a minimum of $1.5 billion to purchase food & agriculture products through programs like Farmers to Families.
To date, the Farmers to Families Food Box Program has delivered over 128 million boxes of food to more than 16,000 non-profit, food bank, and faith-based organizations.
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At the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program distributed more than 19,000 meals to those who waited in line.
There were also Miami Gardens food distributions at Faith, Truth and Deliverance Church and Mt. Hermon AME Church.
Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo handed out food bags, which contained among other things two pork shoulders, to thousands of residents in his district who have been affected by the economic impact of the pandemic.
In Broward, State Representative Anika Omphroy, in partnership with Broward Meat & Fish, Walmart, Publix, and Farm Share, hosted a free food distribution at 2701 N State Road 7 in Lauderhill. The drive-thru food distribution served approximately 500 households within her district which includes parts of: Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Margate, North Lauderdale, Plantation, Sunrise and Tamarac.