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As Need Grows, Miami Schools Distribute Meals Over Winter Break For First Time

Pedro Portal
Miami Herald
Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Schools superintendent, talks during a food drive at Citrus Grove Elementary on Wednesday.

The line for food stretched as far as the eye could see Wednesday down Northwest 22nd Avenue.

Melinda Herrera shut off her black Nissan to save what was left in her gas tank as she waited to turn into Citrus Grove Elementary, where her 7-year-old son, Serafin, attends second grade. He was already in the back seat. She was there to pick up what would get them through the next two weeks: apples, bread, boxed milk.

When it was her turn to get food, her car stalled. Miami-Dade Schools Police tried jumping the car to no avail. Herrera had a breakdown. She lost her mother to COVID-19 a few days ago. She was laid off from her job at Home Depot. She signed up for a $250 Publix gift card, but two weeks have passed without a phone call.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.