Miami-Dade offers financial assistance for groceries to low-income families

DORAL, FL – Miami-Dade offers financial assistance for groceries to low-income families that earn not more than $ 25,750 annually. Beneficiaries will get the equivalent of two-months in grocery shopping. 

According to a press release, the Miami-Dade Department of Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) will help nearly 3,000 families that will receive a Winn-Dixie gift card redeemable at any store throughout the county.

Families of four members that live in public housing will be benefited from this program that will allocate 2.3 million dollars in food. Recipients can get up until $ 146 per person per month in groceries, and items such as tobacco or lottery products are excluded. 

About 8,000 people could benefit from this program funded by the appropriations that the Care Act channeled to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mayor Carlos Giménez thanked Winn-Dixie for partnering with the initiative and the County Board of Commissioners for approving what constitutes essential relief to those most affected by the pandemic. The aid program was sponsored by the District 8 commission, Daniella Levine Cava, as reported by Diario de las Américas. 

This program that offers financial assistance for groceries to low-income families, alongside other initiatives such as food donations, loans for small businesses or emergency checks, is helping alleviate the economic burn the coronavirus has left in thousands of families across the county and the state that were let go of their jobs, went to bankruptcy or had to close their own businesses.

Many are still waiting to get their unemployment benefits, stimulus checks, tax-return money or are actively seeking for a job with no luck, while also protecting their families from scams that have significantly increased in the recent months. 

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