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JLO And Alex Rodriguez Donate Meals To Hospitality Workers

Patch logo Patch 4/16/2020 Paul Scicchitano
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SUNNY ISLES, BEACH — Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have donated thousands of meals that will be distributed this weekend and next week to help hard-hit hospitality workers in the Miami area.

In all, Lopez and Rodriguez donated 20,000 chef-prepared frozen meals from their food line, Tiller & Hatch Supply Co., to feed unemployed hospitality and restaurant workers who have either been laid off or furloughed because of the coronavirus lockdown.

A number of the meals will be distributed by 16-year-old Henry Hurowitz, who started a charity called FoodEASE, that works with local hotels to provide foot to homeless shelters.

"Pre COVID-19, Henry spent his free time rescuing food from local hotels and delivering the unsellable, yet fresh food, to nearby homeless shelters," according to organizers of the food drive. "Now the tables have turned. He is helping feed the employees of local hotels."

Meals will be distributed at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort as well as the adjacent Beach Bar restaurant at the Newport Pier. Other hotels that will receive donated meals include The Shelborne South Beach, DoubleTree By Hilton Ocean Point Resort, The Mayfair at Coconut Grove and The Mondrian South Beach.

Miami Dolphins Team Up To Help

In addition to that effort, four Miami Dolphin legends with ties to the South Florida food industry, have teamed up to provide free meals to people who been severely affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The football legends — John Offerdahl (Offerdahl’s Off-The-Grill); Kim Bokamper (Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill); Bob Brudzinski (Bru’s Room Sports Grill) and Coach Don Shula (Shula's Restaurant Group) — plan to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to at-risk people in the community as well as to first responders and health care workers.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross provided a $250,000 grant to the initiative through the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Non-profit organizations may apply for emergency meal kits by sending an email to FEEDTHENEEDSouthFlorida@gmail.com.

“The magnitude of the impact of both the health and economic crisis on our most vulnerable populations cannot be overstated," Offerdahl said. “Many of these individuals simply do not have the resources and the physical means to provide food for their families. This grant is an initial step towards a much broader effort to help at-risk populations, all while keeping food service employees working.”

The pre-wrapped meals will be given to vetted first responders, health care workers and nonprofit organizations at a designated drop-off location .

To make a donation, visit www.handofffoundation.org. The money will help feed first responders, health care workers and vulnerable families in South Florida

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