CORAL SPRINGS, FL – On Tuesday, hundreds of families are expected for a food distribution at Coral Square Mall.

The massive event will be made possible by work done behind the scenes by the “Food for the Soul” team.

The four-person team from the City of Coral Springs coordinates dozens of volunteers, orders signage, and confirms food delivery from Feeding South Florida.

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And that’s just the beginning of all they have done in planning the five food giveaways in Coral Springs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Each week, 700-900 families show up to get food. 

“We make a huge difference in the lives of the people we have helped,” Sue Knight, community relations manager in the city’s human resources department who is a part of the team, said in an email.

In addition to planning the weekly food distributions, the team has made it possible for volunteers (mostly city employees) to bring food to the homes of people who can’t get to the mall. They also have organized a pet food drive where donate cans and bags of dog and cat food were dropped off.

Plus, the team has done a lot of community connecting. They have helped companies wanting to donate food get in touch with the food distributor. They also linked Broward Health Coral Springs with a company interested in giving food to healthcare workers. 

Then there was a resident trying to donate adult diapers.

“We had a call from the City of Coconut Creek that someone needed adult diapers and we were happy to donate to our neighboring city,” Knight said.

The team has three other members: Kim Sanecki, volunteer services administrator in the city’s human resources department; Monica Vargas, community involvement coordinator in the city’s police department; and Jana Werksman, special events administrator in the city’s emergency management department.

Knight said the past few weeks have helped the city build closer relationships with churches offering hot meals and food to those in need. 

“The Food for the Soul team feels that by providing food for people, we also give them hope that they are not forgotten,” Knight said in an email.

 

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