Local leaders help feed South Florida families: ‘That’s what the government is for’

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – It was all hands on deck as city employees and volunteers from Feeding South Florida packed bags full of fruit, veggies and other food items to feed a thousand families Tuesday in Opa-locka. Even the city’s police chief and the mayor were on hand.

“We want to make sure everyone has fresh food during this time that a lot of people aren’t able to go to work,” Mayor Matthew Pigatt said. “A lot of people are afraid to go to the grocery store, so we want to be able to provide food to the people that need it most.”

Pigatt said it’s the city’s duty to step up and help people in a time when so many are struggling.

“That’s what the government is for,” he said. “The government is to be here for the people.”

Tuesday morning’s giveaway was held at Sherbondy Park Pavilion. Those who were not able to pick up food Tuesday may email clientservices@feedingsouthflorida.org, or they can visit feedingsouthflorida.org/covid19 and use the agency locator to find a pantry that’s open near them.

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