EXCLUSIVE: Cars line up for TWO MILES to receive free groceries in Florida as food bank hands out essential supplies to more than 2,000 people during the coronavirus pandemic
- Over 1,000 vehicles were seen in a queue two miles long on Thursday in Miramar, Florida
- People lined up to receive free food offered by the City of Miramar and its partner Feeding South Florida
- The partner group under Feeding America brought in 48 pallets of food, comprised of milk, eggs, meat, fruit and juice etc
- They were able to feed just under 2,000 people, leaving some at the back of the line to go without
- The response was as the country saw record unemployment and coronavirus rates and deaths increased
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
Just under 2,000 people were fed after vehicles lined a carriageway in Florida for two miles on Thursday to collect donations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Residents of Miramar were seen blocking one side of the road as they patiently waited their turn to enter an outdoor food bank that bridged the gap for those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
In Florida, there were more than 22,897 cases of coronavirus and 633 deaths on Thursday afternoon.
According to the latest Labor Department figures released on Thursday, there were 5.2 million new claims for unemployment benefits filed last week.
Vehicles are seen in a queue two miles long to receive free food offered by the City of Miramar and Feeding South Florida
The long lines stretched down the road as there was widespread growing unemployment in Miramar, Florida during the coronavirus pandemic
Volunteers wearing blue gloves were seen handing out boxes to those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
An aerial image shows the cars stopping to collect food from the stand on Thursday in Miramar, Florida
At least 22 million Americans have been thrown out of work in four weeks – making it the worst stretch of US job losses on record
Those working with the Vice Mayor Maxwell B. Chambers are seen loading a box into a car at the food bank
According to the latest Labor Department figures released on Thursday, there were 5.2 million new claims for unemployment benefits filed last week
The staggering number of first-time claims was on top of the 16.8 million applications filed since the virus took hold in mid-March.
It means at least 22 million Americans have been thrown out of work in four weeks – making it the worst stretch of US job losses on record.
All businesses deemed nonessential have been closed in 48 states as the economy has essentially shut down. Some economists say the unemployment rate could reach as high as 20 percent in April, which would be the highest rate since the Great Depression.
On Thursday the City of Miramar and Feeding South Florida teamed up to put food in the mouths of families affected.
Even for those who have not lost their jobs, hourly wages have been scaled back, and many children have lost access to free school meals. In addition senior congregate meal sites have shut down.
As part of Feeding South Florida’s COVID-19 Response Fund, companies such as Ultimate Software, Inc.have agreed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $250,000.
Workers from Feeding South Florida are seen handing out fruit and vegetables to the community on Thursday
The city held a food bank last Saturday but on Thursday it was the first major one to grace the area
A woman wears a t-shirt stating ‘it’s right here in Miramar’ as she helps hand out food to people in need
People drove from all over the tri-county after hourly wages have been scaled back, and many children have lost access to free school meals amid the pandemic
At the first food bank the majority of people working were volunteers but this time around more staff from the city helped out
A General Association of Miramar worker carries a box of good to a woman’s car as the food bank winds down
The helpers were kitted out in respiratory face masks as they helped loaded boxes into vehicles on Thursday
Volunteers and residents were seen wearing protective gloves as food was distributed among the needy.
‘This is our first major food drive,’ Assistant City Manager Kelvin L. Baker Sr. told DailyMail.com. ‘Our second one was last Saturday and this is a little different. The majority of workers are city workers and one done last Saturday was primarily volunteers from the community.’
He said both food banks have provide food for slightly under 2,000 people during what he described as ‘difficult and challenging times’.
Although the majority of the line went home with boxes during the bank, they unfortunately had to let some people go without.
‘Hopefully next week when we come back, we’ll be able to take care of even more,’ Baker added.
Baker said their partner, Feeding America brought in 48 pallets of food, comprised of milk eggs, meat, juices and fruit.
They were providing meals for people in the tri-county area, Baker said.
‘People come from as far south as Homestead and as far north as West Palm Beach,’ he added about the locations each about an hour away by car.
‘It’s an indication of the lack of funds and resources and this is the result,’ Baker said about the food bank. ‘Our mayor in commission and city manager is really committed to doing everything we can to help address some of these deficiencies in our environment here.’
‘When you seen the expression on media, the recipients face, it means all the world and our employees are really proud to be here to support this effort.’
People come from as far south as Homestead and as far north as West Palm Beach according to city workers
Team work: A Miramar policeman is seen applauding after the food bank ended on Thursday when they ran out of produce
It was a successful day but some people who came for food went without, according to the assistant city manager
The group served up food to just under 2,000 people according to the Assistant City Manager Kelvin L. Baker Sr
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