Local governments who want to help their residents get through the coronavirus pandemic with less discomfort don’t have time to fix the blame. They’ve gotten to work doing what they can to fix the problem… now!
The city of Kissimmee is taking that approach. It held its second fresh produce and food distribution event Thursday off of Mabbette Street. The city contracted with community partners like Goya Foods, Mick Farms and the Church and Community Assistance Program to provide about four days worth of food for a family. Of the 500 families served, 350 were pre-registered with local non-profits.
“That certified their need, and we want to help them directly,” Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez said. “We know there’s a lot in need. Goya gave us a great price and donated extra cans (of food), and Mick Farms also gave us a great price. We hope to do another round soon.”
The city will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. to announce the business assistance program the city will spend about a half-million dollars in Community Development Block Grant funds on.
“We think businesses will open up, and we’re here to assist them during this crisis,” Alvarez said.
The press conference is not open to the public, with the Kissimmee City Hall currently being closed amid the pandemic, but Positively Osceola has been invited and we will stream the press conference LIVE.