The City of Miami will be handing out $250 Publix grocery gift cards to residents experiencing hardship and food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Distribution will begin Dec. 1. The only requirements are proof of City of Miami residency and a signed affidavit that you've experienced financial hardship during the pandemic. Residents can go to the following locations from 8 a.m. to noon for a gift card:
- Dec. 1 - Regatta Park at 3500 Pan American Dr., Miami, FL 33133
- Dec. 8 - Little Haiti Soccer Park at 6301 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138
- Dec. 15 - Juan Pablo Duarte Park at 1776 NW 28th St, Miami, FL 33142
- Dec. 22 - Jose Marti Park at 351 SW 4th Ave, Miami, FL 33130
- Dec. 29 - West End Park at 6030 SW 2nd St, Miami, FL 33144
Cards are limited to one per household and are available on a first come, first serve basis. You must register for a card by clicking on this link.
Those who are unable to visit any of the locations can call Mayor Francis Suarez's office at 305-250-5300 to make arrangements.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Suarez said the gift cards would be able to help roughly 14,000 families who live in the city.
With families preparing to gather for the upcoming holiday, the mayor also took the time to talk about how the city is continuing to handle the spread of the coronavirus.
"Obviously, what we've seen from our food distributions it could be more than thousands of people," Suarez said. "So, we will have adequate policing to make sure that we are able to manage to flow of people."
Suarez also described the limitations the city is facing with enforcement due to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' September executive order, which lifted virtually all COVID-19 restrictions across the state, and prevented local governments from using fines to enforce public health guidelines.
The mayor said businesses are still required to maintain social distancing and can still face closures from the city if they fail to do so.
The gift card program was made through collaboration with the mayor, city commissioners and Publix Super Markets through CARES Act funding.