Thank you to all the BocaParent readers, sponsors and contributors who participated in our quick-turnaround food drive for Boca Helping Hands. We delivered three carloads of food to the facility from Coach Roudy Derisse’s camp at Grandview Preparatory School, Miss Fran’s Early Learning Center and Karen Deerwester’s Mommy & Me class at Congregation B’Nai Torah.
The donations helped fill some bare spots on BHH’s warehouse shelves. With kids home from school for the summer, and the economy continuing to falter as food prices rise, many local families need help with groceries. Through Boca Helping Hands, qualified families can get several bags a month.
In a recent note to supporters, Executive Director James S. Gavrilos said, “One year ago, we were distributing an average of 500 pantry bags each month. Today, we are passing out nearly 1,400 bags of perishable and non-perishable groceries each month.”
Boca Helping Hands is run by a very small staff and many volunteers. Besides the food pantry, it also serves a hot lunch six days a week. No one is turned away. It also offers some job training and mentoring.
Donations have slowed for the summer and there is an urgent need for the next two months. Here’s how you can help:
- Launch a food drive for canned goods at your summer camp, your place of worship, your neighborhood or just a group of friends.
- Drop off individual donations at BHH’s Remillard Family Resource Center, 1500 NW 1st Ct.
Besides canned goods for the pantry, Office Manager Suzan Javizian says they also need fresh meat and vegetables to use in preparing the hot lunches. They can arrange to take leftovers from restaurants and grocery stores. (Publix and several bakeries provide an abundance of pastries, bagels and bread).
There are volunteer opportunities, as well.
Read more at BocaHelpingHands.org or call Javizian at 561-417-0913.
- CHARLENE PACENTI