CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The happy hour crowds are back in Coral Springs. Rush-hour traffic has returned. And the public Covid-19 testing sites have closed in the area.

It may seem like the worst days of the pandemic are behind us, but people in the line of cars seeking food every week at Chabad of Coral Springs tell a different story.

“There’s been no decline in cars,” said Rabbi Avraham Friedman, executive director of the Jewish religious and educational center.

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On Wednesdays for much of the Covid-19 crisis, anywhere between 950 cars to 1,100 cars have crowded North University Drive waiting to get boxes full of vegetables, meat, eggs, milk, and many other kinds of food.

In fact, just a few weeks ago, the agency counted 1,266 cars passing through Chabad’s parking lot and receiving the donated food, Friedman said.

“Life is coming back to normal and people are excited and energized, but for some, it’s still hard,” he said.

Friedman said as long as his agency continues to see the long line of cars, they will provide the food.

The food is donated by Feeding South Florida, Farm Share, and other distributors.

It costs Chabad about $3,000 to distribute the food on Wednesdays which includes paying city police officers for traffic assistance, buying some of the food, and covering trash and other expenses, Friedman said. That money is provided by private donors and corporate funders.

There were two recent weeks when the agency didn’t distribute food because of food supply problems, Friedman said.

“We’ll be here. People are struggling and things are still tight for many,” Friedman said.

Food distribution is usually 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Chabad at 3925 North University Drive. Don't arrive before 5 p.m. And visit the organization’s Facebook page on the day you come for the latest information.

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