By Deborah Souverain

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – This Year’s CAMACOL Food Giveaway will be limited To 500 baskets, a stark reduction from prior events.

“It’s been tough because not only has the need increased but at the same time the supply has constricted because of the supply chain situation, that is being experienced around the world,” said Joe Chi, President of CAMACOL.

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The Latin American Chamber of Commerce’s annual Noche Buena holiday food basket drive will be taking place Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the CAMACOL Building on 14th and Flagler.

This year’s event will be drive-through only.

The more than 30-year tradition, has always provided upwards to 3,000 food gift baskets; however, due to the pandemic and supply chain disruptions had to cut back the number of food baskets by 83%.

“This year because of the supply chain restrictions we’ve only been able to get together 500 christmas baskets. Normally we do about 3,000,” said Mr.Chi.

The gift baskets will be given to needy families on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Recipients receive a Jabas food basket filled with a complete “Latin-style” holiday dinner including rice, beans, yucca, bread, soda, a pork shoulder, spices, sugar, milk, and other essential items.

There’s enough food to feed a family of 5-6 people for Christmas and New Year’s.

Families without vehicles are encouraged to carpool this year if they wish to participate, as the event will not be accepting pedestrians in order to maintain COVID safety protocols.

If different families are in one car, they will ask for proof of address and limit it to two family representatives per car.

“We are humbled to be part of this amazing community, and are grateful to be able to provide support when it is most needed,” Pedro Mesa, Chair CAMACOL Jabas Committee.

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“Grateful, to be able to continue with this important community event which is part of CAMACOL’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility,” said Chi.

Deborah Souverain