Media Contacts: Javier and Ruben Millares, Millares and Company PA
Danielle Johnston, Daily Bread Food Bank
305-633-9861, Ext. 223

Miami, FL, May 15, 2003---Saturday, May 10, 2003, was a memorable day for Daily Bread Food Bank in South Florida. The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive brought in over 600,000 pounds of donated food in a single day, and on the same night the Daily Bread Food Bank Benefit Concert raised $48,000 for our needy neighbors. It was a day where thousands of volunteers working endless hours guaranteed that these events would be a great success.

The first ever Daily Bread Food Bank Benefit Concert was a rocking success on May 10, 2003 as it raised a grand total of $48,000. The bands, Smiling Gums and Lo-Fi, displayed a spectacular performance reminding their fans of The Daily Bread Food Bank's mission at Ransom Everglades High School in Coconut Grove. The energy coming from the bands united the crowd and inspired their fans to help those less fortunate. A special thanks to event organizers Javier Millares, Ruben Millares, Luis de la Vega, Louis Imparato, and their committee of twenty young hunger-fighting volunteers that worked around the clock for months selling hundreds of tickets and over twenty-five sponsorships. Much appreciation also goes out to Ransom Everglades and our largest sponsor Jonathan D. Lewis. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, in collaboration with the U.S. Postal Service, participated in the 11th Annual NALC Food Drive. The results are in and everyone that participated did a tremendous job. Union Branch 1071, in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, collected a remarkable 448,818 pounds of donated food, which translates into 299,212. Union Branch 1690 in Northern Palm Beach County collected 151,401 pounds of food or 100,934 meals for the hungry. As of May 10th , the Daily Bread Food Bank received a total of 600,219 pounds of food to distribute to over 800 food programs in South Florida. Forty-three percent of this food will go to children. More food is expected over the next few weeks as results of the food drive continue to trickle in.

This is a crucial time for food banks and these two events have put a sever dent in the fight against hunger.
These two massive South Florida volunteer projects benefit the needy people served by The Daily Bread Food Bank.