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American Veteran Newspaper, Inc.

Food Assistance Program

"...Switchboard of Miami enthusiastically looks forward to continue to work hand in hand with American Veteran Newspaper in order to meet the most essential needs for the community." - Jose L. Casanova (Helpline Supervisor - Switchboard of Miami) - January 20, 2005

In the land of plenty . . .
plenty are still hungry

Food Assistance Program Distribution Site Schedules:

All food distribution will begin at our location at:
1464 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Food Distribution Tuesdays through Thursdays, with referrals 11 AM to 3 PM
Fridays, with referrals 11 AM to 1 PM

Please call 786-306-1304 for more information

      Below are Food Assistance Program referral agencies.
These agencies provide referral forms, to recipients, needed to participate.
Daily Bread  Food Bank
5850 N.W. 32nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33142
Contact:Ms. Martha Ferran

Miami VAMC Health Care For
Homeless Veterans Outreach

1492 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135
(1) Ann M. Mahan, LCSW/CAP
     Office: 305-541-5864 ext.135
     Pager:  305-346-3046
Email:   ann.mahan2@med.va.gov
(2) Ms. Gina Queen
     Office: 305-541-5864 ext.135

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Florida Department of Children and Families
Grove By the Bay Service Center

1440 JFK Causeway, Suite 100
Miami Beach, FL
Contact: Mr. A Pena
  Pass It On Ministries
14617 N.W. 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33168
Contact: Mr. Castor
Florida Department of Children and Families
710 Alton Road
Miami, FL 33139
Contact: Mr. Taqueuchel
  Social Security Administration
1801 Alton Road, Suite 200
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contact: Mr. Peter W. Blalock
Florida Department of Children and Families
945 Pennsylvania Avenue, 3rd Floor
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contact: Mr. Curtis Chatman

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  Switchboard of Miami
701 S.W. 27th Avenue, Suite 1000
Miami, FL 33135
Contact: Mr. Gonzales or Carlos


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Douglas Gardens Mental Health Center
7701 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contact: Ms. E. Lanser or Mr. Alonso
  University of Miami
1400 N.W. 10th Avenue. Suite 1107
Miami, FL 33136
Contact: Ms. Martha Buissereth


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Fresenius Medical Care Dade Dialysis Center 1601 N.W. 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Contact: Mr. Robert Kirby, LSCWl
  Miami-Dade County Public Schools
800 77th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Contact: Ms. Veronica Jabbour


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Help Inc.
Courthouse Suare, Suite 245
1210 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
Contact: Ms. Deborah Magid, Esq
  Citrus Health Network, Inc.
4175 West 20th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012
Contact: Mr. Oscar Vega, ACM


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Jackson North Community Mental Health Center
15055 N.W. 27th Avenue
Opa Locka, FL
Contact: Mr. Carlos Guy

  Miami-Dade CAA
833 6th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contact: Ms. Madelyn ILlareias


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League Against Aids
3050 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 509
Miami, FL 33137
Contact: Mr. Pena
  Neu Vita Point Inc.
390 N.E. 125th Street Suite #1
North Miami, FL 33161
Contact: Ms. Mary Bravens

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City of Miami Beach
Office of Community Services

555 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contact: Ms. Maria RuizPena

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Volunteers of America
1492 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135
Contact: Mr. LaVant
  Camillus House
726 N.E. 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Contact: Mr. Peoples
Miami Beach Community Health Center
710 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL, 33139
Contact: Mr. Yuzbeny Escobar, BA
(Health Start Coordinator)
305-538-8835 Ext.1167

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  Remar USA
335 N.E. 61st Street
Miami, FL 33137
Contact: Ms. Kaleen Cruz


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Academy for Better Communities 
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Contact: Ms. Noemi Marquez, BAHS
Supported Living Coordinator
  Hope In Miami Beach
1655 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contact: Ms. Mary Gerard


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The AVN-Food Assistance Program attempts to provide the following:

1. A survey and assessment to be used as a tool to analyze the homeless demography in Dade County;

2. Food given directly to individuals reporting to the office of The American Veteran Newspaper, to be prepared by themselves;

3. Blankets, clothing, soaps and toiletries to individuals reporting to the office of The American Veteran Newspaper for remedial and emergency use;

4. Outreach and referral for those homeless with mental health alcohol, drug abuse and health problems, as well as those wishing to leave town;

5. Referral to the Job Service of Florida for those with employment skills, as well as "in- house" training for office skills and telemarketing skills;

6. Single Room Occupancy (ies) for a limited number of homeless for a period of one week or more;

7. Provides Metro-Dade Transit monthly bus passes to individuals who are actively seeking employment; (20 passes per month)

8. Building strong long-term interagency and volunteer community working relationships.

9. Continue to raise community and national awareness of the plight of homeless people, with the hope of encouraging increase community involvement towards developing longer term solutions.

10. Encourage replication of the program in other cities across the United States.

The USDA Food Pyramid

The old USDA Food Pyramid

Go to mypyramid.com
The new USDA Food Pyramid

Have you ever wondered how much fruit consists of one serving? You can view or download a fruit nutrition chart in an image(.gif) or Adobe(.pdf) format.


      Hunger and homelessness continued to rise in major American cities over the last year, according to our new survey 2003. As the overall economy remained weak, requests for emergency food assistance increased by an average of 17 percent over the past year, and requests for emergency shelter assistance increased by an average of 13 percent in the 25 cities surveyed. This survey underscores the impact the economy has had on everyday Americans. The face of homelessness has changed and now reflects who we least suspect, “It is disheartening and disturbing to learn that so many of our fellow Americans are in desperate need of shelter, food, clothing and the other basic necessities of life-and that in nearly every major US city, the problem of hunger and homelessness is steadily growing.

      As need increased, 56 percent of the cities surveyed reported that people in need were turned away due to lack of resources. Over 14 percent of requests for emergency food assistance are estimated to have gone unmet. Just over half the cities surveyed indicated that emergency assistance facilities have had to decrease the number of bags of food provided and/or the number of times people can receive food. Of these cities, 48 percent have had to significantly limit food provided. We also find that 59 percent of those requesting emergency food assistance were members of families with children and their parents, and that 39 percent of the adults requesting such assistance were employed.

      These are not simply statistics; these are real people who are hungry and homeless in our cities.

Homelessness                             Take a survey on homelessness

The Impact of Homelessness

      Twenty-three participating cities reported that lack of affordable housing was the leading cause of homelessness. Other causes most likely attributed to homelessness include mental illness or lack of needed services, low-paying jobs, substance abuse and the lack of needed services.

      There are the unmet needs for shelter in our cities. Eighty-four percent of the cities reported that emergency shelters have turned away homeless families due to lack of resources. Over 14 percent of requests for emergency food assistance are estimated to have gone unmet during the last year. For families, 15 percent of the requests for assistance were not met.

      Results indicate, as they have in the past years, that there is still a great deal to be done to address the serious issue of homelessness in America.

      People remained homeless for an average of five months. Sixty percent of the cities said that the length of time people are homeless increased during the past year. Single men comprised 41 percent of the homeless population, families with children 40 percent, single women 14 percent, and unaccompanied youth 5 percent.

      The U.S. Census Bureau, which calculated that a greater percentage of Miami Dade residents are living in poverty than any other U.S. city with a population over 250,000. We try to unwelcome the thought, but we believe this is the reason for the corruption in some of the food relief service programs. Poverty tends to breed things of this nature.

      November 1994, answering the call of President Clinton, Secretary Andrew Cumo (HUD), and in order to provide more concrete assistance to the veteran, low/moderate income, needy, working poor, and homeless communities, the AVN opened the doors to American Veteran Newspapers first Community Based Direct Service Organization, (CBO) , feeding, referral and service agency. A war is being conducted upon the very soil of the United States. It is the war against homelessness, against the poverty, futility and despair stalking the streets of America.

      Over 271,000 casualties already exist among the Veteran community alone. Homeless veterans in this country are not unlike soldiers in combat, living in the field, surviving by their wits with limited rations and enduring unfavorable living conditions. It is both dangerous and debilitating, and every day they must continue to do "battle". It is sad to realize that among the one million Americans who, tonight, will have no place to call home, more than one-third are military veterans. We see them every day. Begging for money on street corners and at traffic intersections. Aimlessly pushing overloaded shopping carts. Rummaging through garbage containers. Living in makeshift shelters along our highways, under bridges, in abandoned cars and deserted buildings.

      Many of these men, women and even their children, are disabled or have serious medical, mental health and substance abuse problems. A significant number of these people are homeless due to our changing economy. They have lost their unskilled jobs, been downsized, and are now unable to find work in the high tech marketplace. For many veterans the problems that have lead to homelessness have placed them in complete isolation from the mainstream of American society. It is hard to believe that men and women who once wore our nation's uniform with pride, who fought for the freedom our great nation and the world enjoys as recently as Operation Desert Storm, are now walking advertisements of failure and despair.

      The American Veteran Newspaper acknowledges the efforts which must be made by non-profit corporations, starting at local levels, to assuage the crisis of homelessness in our nation. Actively playing an essential role in "breaking the cycle of homelessness and hunger the AVN broadened its horizons to serve all of the needy, whether a veteran or not.

      Our Food Assistance Program seeks to develop a continuum of care, and to break the cycle of poverty, those in-need of emergency food and homelessness in our community by filling the gaps within the current system. A locality's continuum of care system encompasses the need for outreach and assessment, emergency assistance, transitional housing and services, where needed, and permanent housing or permanent supportive housing to help homeless persons become more self-sufficient.

      While not all homeless individuals and families in the community will need to access all four components of the continuum of care, unless all four components are coordinated within a community, none will be successful. Perhaps most importantly, the Food Assistance Program agency seeks to serve low/moderate income families to prevent their sinking into homelessness.

      The agency's seeks to provide a model and an ideal for grassroots, community based organizations. The agency’s philosophy dictates that poverty, hunger and homelessness is a tragedy that must be addressed at the local, community levels. The American Veteran Newspaper-Food Assistance Program is in parcel with the U.S Administration “New” 10 year planning process to end chronic Homelessness in our country. We directly interface with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, along with its 20 or so Federal Department agencies that intertwine with the ICH. We supply all private/public and federal agencies with information, demographics, and geographics from our program in an effort to assist the “NEW” ten year program. Across the country momentum is constellating to create the partnership, and collaborative effort between private, public and governmental, that will get the job done.

      The American Veteran Newspaper-Food Assistance Program agency will help any homeless or person in need help themselves out of the cycle of homelessness. The agency dose provide food, prepared and unprepared, clothing, 30-day Metro-Dade bus passes, shelter (single room occupancies), referral, to hundreds of very low/moderate income families, homeless in Dade County. We seek to provide the foundation of health, rest and self-esteem necessary for the homeless to reenter society and for the low income and border-line to remain self-sufficient.

      Additional goals include developing successful sports programs to get the children of the homeless off the streets, and programs to re-enroll homeless children into schools. Women, especially those ill or battered, children and the elderly are focused upon. Referrals for food are accepted from elementary schools, senior citizen groups, mental health clinics, hospitals, city governments, non-profit organizations the VA and others within our network. Boxes are packed containing 7 days of food, all nutritionally balanced, for those in need.

      A network of providers for goods and referrals including, but not limited to; VA-Homeless outreach, Dept. Children & Families, Fresenius Medical Care Dade Dialysis Center, Miami Douglas Gardens, Switchboard of Miami, AA, Volunteers Of America, Camillus House, Dade County Community Action Center, University of Miami, League Against Aids, Help-Inc, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, South Florida Workforce, Unlimited Senior's Solutions, Citrus Health Network, Social Security Administration, Bayview Center, and Daily Bread Food Bank was set up. Each agency is allowed to send 5 clients per day. We serve Tuesday through Friday.

      The Food Assistance Program is an extension of the American Veteran Newspaper itself. We are an agency that operates on the front line, distributing food to the hungry and needy.

      We coordinate with the community by networking and interfacing with agencies within a ten (10) to twenty (20) mile radius from the food distribution site(s). However 20 to 30% of our clients travel from as far as 40 miles to receive food.

Compassion Corps

Tommie Zito ministries outreach group Compassion Corps ministered in 3 locations in Miami and Miami Beach on April 15, 2006, bringing food and beverage, provided by American Veteran Food Assistance Program, to more than 200 people, most of them homeless. Below are some pictures.

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Emergency Resources

Emergency Resources - Includes community resources, housing resources, food agencies, and emergency shelters. This is an indispensable list of resources that can be used for various occasions.

A Survey on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities - 2008

Click on the image above or here to download the full 85 page 2008 report.

Click here to download the full 72 page report from 2007.

Click here to download the full 133 page report from 2004.

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Household Food Security in the United States - 2004

Click on the image above or here to download the full 65 page report.

Clickhere to download the full 65 page report from 2004.

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Miami-Dade Transit

We give out food and bus passes on a regular basis. Last year the agency fed over 6,000 families, individuals and people in need. There is a very large gap with other agencies These agencies seem to direct their clients to us on an extreme emergency basis (daily), and are generally the elderly and or people who are waiting to receive their food stamp card, and the low-income families who are very poor and desperate.

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