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Operation Fill the Fridge keeps growing

Seeing a need in their Miami Beach community, particularly for families at Fienberg Fisher K-8 School, four women joined forces and created Operation Fill the Fridge.

The families being helped have suffered a layoff or been furloughed, and they are having trouble paying rent and other essential bills as well as buying groceries. Many are single-parent homes.

Founders Mytyl Simancas, Leslie Cooper, Erin Michelle Newberg and Mabel De Beunza quickly mobilized and began seeking individuals to “adopt” a family. That meant committing to providing them food by making regular grocery runs. They reached 100 adopted families quickly, and the initiative keeps growing – with more than 200 families now being served.

Additionally, anyone interested in helping can donate through a GoFundMe fundraising campaign titled, “Fill the Fridge, and BEYOND…” The goal is to raise $100,000.

Donations go toward payment of rent or utility bills, groceries and other necessities.

The foursome express their gratitude on their page saying, “Thank you all, it takes a village and it has been extremely heartwarming in a tragedy like this where we are all affected, to witness the pure compassion and generosity of our community.”

Here are additional food resource articles on our site:

Free food distributions around Miami-Dade County

Free meals for Miami-Dade students

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami, Edible South FL, Legacy Miami and Legacy South Florida and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today covering the arts community and restaurant scene and served as Calendar Editor. She has also worked in public relations for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, in travel and tourism for Newman PR and at the Miami Science Museum. She has written for Florida Travel + Life Magazine, Florida Monthly Magazine,, Indulge Miami and MiamiCurated.

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