Farm Share and the Rotary Membership of Homestead are handing out canned items – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Farm Share and the Rotary Club of Homestead teamed up Wednesday morning to prepare and distribute more than 1,200 bags of food and canned goods to those in need.

On Saturday, the two organizations will join forces again to distribute food to the general public.

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“We have two programs,” said Phil Marraccini, president of the Rotary Club of Homestead. “Today’s program is aimed at companies and restaurants that have had to lay off employees. This is an exceptional situation. We just had a seafood festival just two weeks before the quarantine and we were blessed. The Rotary club has been around for nearly 100 years and we are committed to helping people. “

Homestead Mayor Steve Losner helped distribute the bags of groceries and said people in many “mom and pop” restaurants would benefit.

“We’re also giving out to anyone who goes through a $ 50 grocery card for Walmart so people can get over the hump until the next round of support arrives. This economy has been shut down across the board and leaves nothing untouched. The Rotary club is committed to helping those earliest and hardest hit in this shutdown, ”said Losner.

The Mayor told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that he will be reminded of the dark days after Hurricane Andrew that gutted Homestead and Florida City on August 24, 1992.

“As I told someone a few days ago, the only difference in the scope of things is that we have at least a roof over our hearts and electricity, but beyond that, the economic devastation is likely greater than Andrew’s,” he said.

Raymond Serano, dishwasher at Farmers Market Restaurant, said, “It’s great. It is great. We are slow and our hours have been cut so this is a great help to us. “

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Brandi Stevens, a manager and waiter, and her husband Andrew Stevens, a bartender and manager at a restaurant, also pulled up in their truck to get the food.

“We are grateful, very grateful,” said Brandi Stevens. “My husband and I are both unemployed. Hopefully my kids will appreciate this as much as I do. “

“We are very grateful,” said Andrew Stevens. “We have three children at home that we have to feed. It was hard not getting through and getting to work or doing anything. We just didn’t have any help. The hardest part is not knowing, not knowing what to expect or when we can go back to work or what we can do or what the future holds for us. “

“Thankfully we postponed our mortgage and postponed a lot of bills,” he said. “We’re still interested in it and we’re still filling in the holes. The main concern is that we will go into debt but not make money. We are grateful for everything we receive now. “

Marraccini said the Rotary Club of Homestead and Farm Share are teaming up for another rookie event starting Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Homestead Sports Complex.

“We plan to distribute a thousand bags of food and the event is open to the general public so anyone can come in public. If you live in North Miami you can go there, ”said Marraccini. “We plan to hold this event from 9am to 12pm, but we are not sure when it will actually end.”

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