Eating places in South Florida Reinforce Households, First Responders within the Collapse of the Surfside Rental – CBS St John

MIAMI (CBSSt John) – Gourmet deli sandwiches have been on the menu every day at Josh’s Deli in Surfside for 12 years. But this Wednesday, 40 delicious submarines made their way to the families of the victims of the building collapse and the homeless from the adjacent, still standing tower.

“The right thing is to do as much as you can, so at the deli I focused on what I’m good at, which is making sandwiches and listening to people,” said Joshua Marcus, owner and chef at Josh’s Deli.

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Sullivan Street Bakery donated the bread. Jennifer’s Homemade donated the bread sticks. Marcus makes the meat himself. Loyal customers have donated money and supplies to Josh, helping him out to help others.

“I have a lot of money. I’ve had cops come for dinner and they don’t pay, so I’m really doing what we can to calm people down as much as possible, ”said Marcus.

Food Rescue St John’s Ellen Bowen and Surfside resident and food writer Sara Liss have been bringing food to families in hotels since they arrived.

We have worked with nearly 20 different restaurants from Coral Gables to North Beach. Great chefs like Michelle Bernstein, Michael Schwartz and Josh make wonderful meals that are great convenience for these families, ”said Bowen.

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“The outpouring of love was really overwhelming and beautiful. I was just able to help Ellen at St John Food Rescue do the right thing and reach out to the families, ”said Liss.

Steve Stowe of the St John Heat Charitable Fund appeared on day one with player Tyler Herro to deliver water to first responders. They partner with a lot of restaurants like Tap 42, which is donating money and 200 meals this Friday, Temple Street Eatery, which is donating vegan bowls, and Cheeseburger Baby, which is delivering food to first responders. So many jump in to help.

“They look at us and say whenever you call we’re here, we’re ready to go,” said Stowe. “Whether it’s 100 sandwiches, 500 sandwiches, 215 meals, 33 meals, whatever it is, and the number has surpassed anything I have ever seen.”

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila matches all donated food orders placed on with those affected by the Champlain Building tragedy and the first responders who lead the search and rescue.

So many want to help. It is very important to make a coordinated effort to avoid wasting food.

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For more information on donating, please visit and the St John branch. Restaurants wishing to donate – home-cooked meals will not be accepted – should call (305) 439-6316.

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