November 05, 2015
A group of the South Florida regional team and store directors visited Glory Temple Ministries to help distribute healthy food in partnership with Pepsi.

 By Mayra Hernandez

Southeastern Grocers Community Connections

South Florida

Winn-Dixie teamed up with Pepsi and Miami HEAT’s Chris “Birdman” Andersen Sept. 25 to help distribute healthy food to Miami-area residents experiencing food insecurity.

A group of Winn-Dixie’s South Florida regional team, along with Miami-area store directors, volunteered to distribute 22,000 pounds of fresh produce, dry foods and beverages to more than 500 Liberty City residents at the Feeding South Florida mobile food pantry at Glory Temple Ministries.

Over the past 20 years, Winn-Dixie has provided millions of meals to those on the brink of hunger through the Feeding South Florida food recovery program and has raised funds though various scan programs and donation opportunities.

“Whether it’s providing funds, food or a helping hand on the front lines, we are always ready to support a great partner like Feeding South Florida,” said Gueorgui Lago, Winn-Dixie district director. “By working with Pepsi and Birdman, we are bringing awareness to Feeding South Florida’s mission and helping to end food insecurity in our community.”

After helping set up their distribution stations, the Winn-Dixie team greeted food recipients with lettuce, potatoes, onions, green beans and more. The excitement rose as Andersen arrived to help distribute food and greet fans. Feeding South Florida President and CEO Paco Velez said the event was a huge success and it wouldn’t have been possible without Winn-Dixie.

“This distribution event is another example of Winn-Dixie doing whatever it takes to make sure our organization helps as many of our neighbors as possible,” he said. “There are more than 870,000 people in South Florida who don’t know where their next meal will come from, so it makes me proud that we are coming together to do our part in the fight against hunger.”

Winn-Dixie store No. 249 Store Director Carlos Ortega hands out food to Miami-area residents in need.

Winn-Dixie store No. 286 Store Director Edgar Bustillo passes out fresh apples as Miami HEAT’s Chris “Birdman” Andersen provides string beans to attendees.

From left: Winn-Dixie District Director Gueorgui Lago, store No. 247 Store Director Yoli Romero, store No. 286 Store Director Edgar Bustillo, Miami HEAT’s Chris “Birdman” Andersen and AP Specialist Zoraida Ortega.

Winn-Dixie Asset Protection Specialist David Bermudez hands out a reusable Winn-Dixie bag filled with snap peas during the Feeding South Florida mobile food pantry distribution.

More than 500 recipients arrived at Glory Temple Ministries to receive food during Feeding South Florida’s mobile food pantry event.

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