Boca Helping Hands is seeking support from the community to distribute meals to families for Thanksgiving and through the holiday season. Its nineteenth annual Thanksgiving Box Brigade program—which provides a turkey and a box filled with everything a family needs to prepare a holiday meal—will feed approximately 3,500 people.
Members of the community can get involved by donating the cost of a box for $29.72 at BocaHelpingHands.org/Thanksgiving. Boca Helping Hands will distribute the turkeys and Thanksgiving meal boxes to current Pantry Bag Program clients the weekend before Thanksgiving (November 18 and 19) at drive-thru distribution locations in east Boca Raton, west Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth.
Although there has been tremendous community support for the Thanksgiving Box Brigade program, food insecurity remains a problem year-round—especially with inflation stretching families’ budgets even thinner. The organization recently surpassed 10,000 pantry bags distributed in a month for the first time in its history. As consumer food prices and housing costs remain high, Boca Helping Hands expects that more families will need to utilize their pantry bags of groceries and hot meal program to help make ends meet.
Any contributions that exceed Thanksgiving expenses will be used for food programs throughout the year, helping to support the 181,000 families in Palm Beach County facing food insecurity.