Commissioner Hardemon Initiates Economic Development & Meal Program

Published on April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon has initiated an economic development and meal supplement program for the benefit of restaurants and families that are negatively affected by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The program was created after Chairman Hardemon successfully advocated support from his fellow board members for the creation of a one-million-dollar fund to support struggling businesses and families throughout the city of Miami.  

Starting May 1, 2020, adult participants will each receive at least ten meal coupons that can be redeemed for a meal at any restaurant of their choice that is participating in the program. Restaurants such as House of Wings, BonGout BBQ, Ms. Cheezious, Lemoni Café Inc., and House of Mac have all agreed to participate in the program. Each restaurant will be paid for the meals they provide in exchange for the coupons they receive.   

This innovative new program discourages large gatherings that are indicative of traditional food distribution efforts by sending meal coupon bearers directly to the restaurant of their choice to receive a meal at a time most convenient for them.  Eliminating large gatherings by participants and volunteers follows the guidelines of social distancing established by local governments. The program also encourages residents to spend money in their local community to help guarantee that restaurants remain in business through the crisis.   

Chairman Hardemon explained, “During uncertain times like these, I want to ensure that residents and their loved ones have access to nutritious meals from businesses in our community.”   

Chairman Keon Hardemon is a private criminal defense attorney and the District 5 representative on the Miami City Commission.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.  His professional experience includes working for Pfizer, Inc. and as an assistant public defender. He was first elected in 2013 with nearly 75% of total votes, then re-elected without opposition in 2017.  

Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Natalya Sangster at nsangster@miamigov.com or by calling (305) 250-5390.