Major contributors included Sun Capital Partners Foundation, Boca West Children’s Foundation, Eric and Loren Stein, Stoops Family Foundation, the Gary Peters Family Foundation and Charles and Robin Deyo. Members of the community, Boca Helping Hand volunteers and clients also contributed.
“We are simply astounded and so grateful for the incredible outpouring of support from the community and particularly appreciate the media getting the word out about this,” said Greg Hazle, Boca Helping Hands Executive Director. “Even a couple of our clients pitched in after seeing our story on TV and online, giving us what they could to help and wishing they could give more. This new truck will enable us to fulfill and expand our efforts to feed families in need and will serve us well.”
The new truck will:
• Be able to make one-stop pick-ups at Feeding South Florida. It can hold 10 pallets of food and will allow Boca Helping Hands to also pick up perishable items like milk, eggs and frozen meat all in one trip.
• Deliver pallets of food for the BHH Backpacks Program. Eleven elementary schools in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach receive food from BHH so that kids can bring home backpacks containing meals for the weekend.
• Distribute pantry bags to BHH’s Boynton Beach and West Boca satellite locations, serving the growing number of families who need grocery bags of food in Palm Beach County.
• Store and deliver Thanksgiving Box Brigade meals so that families who register can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at home.
About Boca Helping Hands
Boca Helping Hands (BHH) is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency.
BHH distributes more than 70,000 pantry bags each year at three Palm Beach County locations and serves over 55,000 hot meals annually, six days per week. The organization expands access to affordable medical, dental and behavioral care through its partnership with Genesis Community Health, serving uninsured clients at clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. BHH sends weekend meals home with local elementary school students via the BHH Backpacks Program and assists working families with the rising cost of childcare through the Children’s Assistance Program (CAP).
With an increased focus on client self-sufficiency, BHH awards scholarships for qualified candidates to attend accredited vocational training classes that prepare them for careers in the healthcare, information technology, transportation and hospitality industries. BHH also offers free English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes and courses in nutrition and other life skills. Staff and volunteer mentors counsel the unemployed and underemployed in basic workplace skills and help them polish resumes and search for jobs.
In January, Charity Navigator named Boca Helping Hands a Four-Star Charity for the 13th Consecutive Year. Boca Helping Hands is located at 1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For more information, please visit bocahelpinghands.org.