Miami Marlins, Florida Blue launches food drive at LoanDepot Park in Miami

MIAMI ( — The Miami Marlins have taken on a challenge that is affecting hundreds of South Florida families. They teamed up with a healthcare provider to fill the need, but it was more than just food they provided to the community.

Smiles, music and kind words cheered people up Thursday morning in Little Havana.

The Miami Marlins and Florida Blue teamed up to distribute 5 million meals across the state. The event kicked off with a food giveaway on Thursday at LoanDepot Park.

“Everyone is going to go home and stock up on food for their families for the week,” said Florida Blue’s David Wagner. “It’s just a big event.”

About 500 families drove by, where volunteers packed food and filled car trunks.

“We have everything we need – bread, meat, cheese, milk,” said Caroline O’Connor, spokesperson for the Miami Marlins.

A 53-foot Farm Share semi-trailer and mobile refrigerator delivered food to the event. The large rig is designed to carry about 415,000 pounds of food across Florida at a critical time.

“It’s very much needed in today’s economy and what’s going on with production costs and product prices. This is much needed across Florida,” Wagner said.

“More here in Miami, everything is somehow super expensive. [It’s not every day] you get food for free, so I really appreciate it,” said one participant.

A special ceremony was also held at the Center Field garage and iHeartRadio personality Frankie P. provided live music throughout the event.

Farm Share distributes groceries throughout the state daily. To find out where the food truck will go next, visit

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