Skip to comments.Long Lines For Free Holiday Food Vouchers (Little Havana, Miami, FL)
Posted on 11/30/2011 10:33:16 AM PST by wac3rd
Hundreds of South Floridians lined up in Little Havana overnight for a chance to feed their families this holiday.
As part of the Latin Chamber of Commerces annual holiday basket giveaway, representatives from the organization handed out food vouchers on Flagler Street between 14th and 15th Avenues in Little Havana.
Some people began to line up last Friday. Many of those who waited in line for hours were either unemployed or they live on a fixed income and cant afford any extras.
Its very, very hard, said Mosas Hernandez. We need something free because right now, I lost my job, I need to pay my rent, so believe me its very hard.
Each voucher can be redeemed for five bags of groceries worth $120. They are filled with pork, rice, beans, milk, bread and other delicious items which are often used in a traditional Noche Buena dinner.
This is the 26th year the Latin American Chamber of Commerce has given Christmas food away.
Perhaps no one symbolized the change in economic fortunes more than Angela Llamas who, with her friends and family, stood in line for more than 24 hours.
Who wants to be here? Not me. Its just tough, said Llamas, who said the food vouchers are a necessity for her family who are all out of work and out of luck.
The Chamber finished giving away all 3,000 vouchers in two hours. Even so, the line of people continued to snake around the block leading organizers to conclude they could have given away twice as many vouchers this year, because the need is that great.
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The comments are priceless.
Same boat so where's my freebies? Whaaaa!!! I suspect many of them are like those people from the thread a couple days ago who were filmed having (having to? Really?) to shop at Walmart at midnight. Big screen tvs, cells phones, blue cheese, and individual yogurts aren't what I'd consider poor.
I saw video of these “poor” people waiting in line for vouchers for free food.
Some of those poor people, at least, had enough money to buy cigarettes.
Oh yeah, one lady was there to get free food for the holidays for her family...of twenty people. She was there last year, too, she said.
Or is it non-PC for me to make such an observation?