MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. –The Miami Dolphins impacted more than 8,500 South
Florida community members in hosting and contributing to a series of
Thanksgiving meal distributions from Tuesday, Nov. 16 – Tuesday, Nov.
23. The team collaborated with the Miami Dolphins Foundation, Football
UNITES™ community partners, local minority-owned restaurants, team
partners, Miami Gardens churches and dignitaries to feed those in-need
in the days leading up to the holiday.
“The Miami Dolphins are excited to make a year-round impact in our
community, especially during Thanksgiving,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice
President of Communications and Community Affairs Jason Jenkins said.
“These meals unite our community and we recognize the additional need
to not only support families, but local businesses during this time.”
“We’re proud to partner with the Miami Dolphins and Feeding South
Florida to ensure thousands of South Florida families can fill their
pantries and have a great Thanksgiving,” said Nathan Landsbaum,
President and CEO of Sunshine Health. Ambetter from Sunshine Health
presented the Thanksgiving meal distribution at Hard Rock Stadium on
Tuesday, Nov. 23.
Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program Thanksgiving
distribution events included:
Tuesday, Nov. 16: Miami Dolphins S Sheldrick Redwine hosted a
drive-thru Thanksgiving donation distributing 333 meals at the Boys &
Girls Club of Miami-Dade.
Saturday, Nov. 20: The Miami Dolphins Foundation in partnership with
First Horizon Foundation hosted a drive-through Thanksgiving meal
distribution at IberiaBank in Overtown. With 1,000 meals purchased by
the Dolphins’ Food Relief Program and provided by Black-owned
restaurant The Licking, the initiative fed community members of
organizations including Camillus House, Lotus House, the Overtown
Optimist Club, Overtown Youth Center, YMCA Allapattah and the YWCA.
Monday, Nov. 22: United Way of Broward’s Mission United in partnership
with the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program distributed 800
meals to Broward County’s military veterans, active reserve members
and their families at the United Way of Broward County’s Colker
Center. Joined by Miami Dolphins LS Blake Ferguson, the Food Relief
Program coordinated with veteran owned business S&J Catering to
purchase and provide 600 meals in continuation of the program’s
efforts to support local minority-owned businesses.
Monday, Nov. 22: Miami Dolphins LB Jerome Baker in collaboration with
the Miami Dolphins Football UNITES™ program hosted a Thanksgiving
distribution with the North Miami Police Department. Preselected by
the North Miami Police Athletic League (NMPAL), 20 families had the
opportunity to interact with Baker as they picked up meal kits and
Dolphins’ giveaways. Baker purchased 20 Publix meal boxes capable of
feeding a family of four complete with a turkey and sides.
Tuesday, Nov. 23: Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard distributed 35
Publix meal boxes to families at the Boys and Girls Club of Broward
County. Howard purchased the meal kits capable of feeding a family of
Tuesday, Nov. 23: Miami Dolphins DE Christian Wilkins partnered with
Dade County Federal Credit Union (DCFCU) to distribute 120
Thanksgiving turkeys to preselected families of DCFCU’s Head Start
Program in Homestead, FL.
Tuesday, Nov. 23: The Miami Dolphins hosted a drive-through
Thanksgiving Meal Distribution presented by Ambetter from Sunshine
Health at Hard Rock Stadium. Joined by Dolphins Head Coach Brian
Flores and players Cethan Carter, Gerrid Doaks, Sam Eguavoen, Liam
Eichenberg, Blake Ferguson, Mike Gesicki, Jevon Holland, Mack Hollins,
Patrick Laird, Hunter Long, Greg Mancz, Kirk Merritt, Nik Needham,
Jaelan Phillips, Jason Sanders, Zach Sieler, Durham Smythe and Albert
Wilson, as well as Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and staff, the team
distributed 1,000 meal boxes from Feeding South Florida to community
members. In coordination with Feeding South Florida, Break the Cycle,
Miami Gardens churches and dignitaries, and event provided meal boxes
capable of feeding a household of 4-6 people consisting of a turkey,
fresh produce, and sides.
Tuesday Nov. 23: Miami Dolphins DE Emmanuel Ogbah hosted a
drive-through Thanksgiving distribution providing 300 meals to the
Northwest unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade.
Tuesday, Nov. 23: The Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program
teamed up with Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Danielle
Cohen Higgins to distribute 300 Thanksgiving turkeys and 300 desserts
to South Dade families in need. The Food Relief Program purchased
desserts from locally owned small businesses Lola the Baker, Redland
Ice Cream & Bakery and The Fudge Pie Co.