Our programs are created to meet the needs of Boca Raton and greater Palm Beach County individuals!
Click the tabs below to see an overview of each of our programs.
Over 58% of American schoolchildren receive their primary meal each day through the federal free and reduced lunch program. This raises the obvious question: What do they eat on weekends? BHH Backpacks addresses the critical problem by sending backpacks home with elementary school children each Friday. The backpacks contain six (6) meals, two (2) shelf-stable milks, two (2) juice boxes, and three (3) snacks.
BHH Backpacks Program reaches over 1,100 students in 10 elementary schools. These students will receive a backpack for 33 weeks of the academic year. Volunteers from local faith communities have “adopted” these schools and have therefore committed their financial resources as well as the manpower needed to pack the backpacks each week.
Boca Helping Hands purchases the food and then delivers the appropriate amount of each item to the respective school on a weekly basis. The specific items used in the backpacks cost $10 per child/per week. Boca Helping Hands has been raising funds and handling the logistics of this program for the last ten years. A large army of volunteers come to load the pallets with the appropriate food items each week.
For volunteer information please visit our volunteer page.
Our Children's Assistance Program helps working parents by providing limited financial assistance for summer camp, after-school care, and daycare for qualifying Boca Raton residents of 1 year or longer. Those interested in applying for CAP have to go through a specific screening process to meet the criteria to be approved. Children must already be enrolled in order to apply for financial assistance.
THIS PROGRAM IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.
Through the Palm Tran TD (Transportation Disadvantaged) Program, bus passes are distributed at the Boca Helping Hands Resource Center. Individuals must provide a photo ID and proof of income (either a current pay stub or a social security print out [form SEQY]). Eligible individuals can purchase a monthly pass at the discounted rate of $15 or $20 (depending on income) or a daily pass for $1.50.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays from 9am-12:30pm.
The price of a discounted monthly pass is based on income.
The price of a discounted monthly pass is based on income.
Individuals must provide a photo ID and proof of income (either a current pay stub or a social security print out [form SEQY]).
English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Armenian, Finnish.
Call us for more info at (561) 417 - 0913
Boca Helping Hands provides limited, financial assistance to qualifying Boca Raton residents in crisis. Clients may receive financial assistance with rent (must have a 3-day notice from landlord), utilities (must have final notice from FPL or water department, this does not include any deposits or reconnect fees.). Individuals are reviewed on a case by case basis.
In accordance with Boca Helping Hands’ financial resource policies, we require all documents listed below to be made available in order for our staff to assess financial cases for payment. Due to COVID -19, we are requesting all information to be scanned as individual documents and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval. Only until all of these details are submitted can we open cases for review. Pending cases with outstanding documents will remain open for a minimum period of 7 days after being submitted, after such time they will be considered closed.
- Proof that you have lived in Boca Raton for a year or more (current and previous lease or mortgage document)
- Proof of All income: last three months of bank statements (all accounts)
- Proof of employment: last three pay slips and/or if applicable, proof of unemployment due to the COVID-19 shutdown (example: letter from employer or proof of unemployment benefits/registration)
- Valid ID
- FPL bill or Water bill or Final rent notices (copies of all outstanding months)
- Proof of your portion paid and any other agency commitments, if applicable.
- Completion of the Boca Helping Hands Income & Expenditure Statement & FPL Authorization.
- Explanation as to why you are having difficulty paying the bills.
Children's Assistance Program:
CAP helps working parents by providing limited financial assistance for summer camp, after-school care, and day care for qualifying Boca Raton residents of 1 year or longer. Those interested in applying for CAP have to go through a specific screening process to meet criteria to be approved. Children must already be enrolled in order to apply for financial assistance.
Discounted Bus Passes: (This service is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.)
Individuals wishing to purchase discounted 31-day Palm Tran bus passes can do so at Boca Helping Hands on Tuesdays from 9:00am – 12:30pm. 1-day bus passes are also available for purchase. Discounted rates depend on income eligibility. In order to purchase discounted bus passes, individuals must provide accepted valid documentation based on Palm Tran’s guidelines. A complete list of accepted documentation can be found by clicking here.
Note: Financial assistance is rendered as available. Not all clients qualify, nor are funds available to assist every qualified applicant. Boca Helping Hands has the final determination of the amount of financial aid rendered if any.
Genesis Community Healthcare
Thanks to our partnership with Genesis Community Health, medical vouchers are available to qualifying, uninsured individuals in Palm Beach County for first-time visits. To obtain a voucher, visit the Boca Helping Hands Main Facility Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Genesis Community Dental Care
Thanks to our partnership with Genesis Community Health we are able to bring dental care services to the community. Dental vouchers are available to qualifying, uninsured individuals in Palm Beach County for first-time visits. To obtain a voucher, visit the Boca Helping Hands Main Facility Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Are you or someone you know homebound and requiring food assistance? Our Homebound Meal program may be for you!
To qualify, one must have a doctor’s note verifying homebound status due to age, ailment or disability, and reside within the delivery area of Military Trail, A1A, SW 18th Street, and Clint Moore Road.
A hot, nutritious meal can be picked up six days a week at our main facility. This program is open to anyone.
Hot meals are distributed Monday through Saturday from 11am - 12:30pm in our drive-thru. Due to COVID-19, Thursday night dinners have been suspended until further notice.
Please visit our COVID-19 page for more updates.
Thank you to our Hot Meal Sponsors:
Mondays - City of Boca Raton
Tuesdays - Publix Charities
Wednesdays - Anonymous
Saturdays - Jarden Consumer Solutions Employee Fund
Pantry Bag Program
Boca Helping Hands Pantry Bag Program helps economically disadvantaged families in Palm Beach County. Our distributions sites are currently Boca Raton, West Boca, Boynton Beach, and now Lantana! The Pantry Bag Program is open to qualifying Palm Beach County residents.
For more information or to enroll, please visit one of our Pantry Bag distribution locations. Location addresses can be found here.
Gluten-Free Pantry Bag Program
In partnership with the South Florida Celiac Support Group, our Gluten-Free Pantry Bag program is available to qualifying individuals and families. Participants must provide a doctor’s note confirming the medical need for a gluten-free diet.
Participants will be able to pick up their Gluten-Free Pantry Bags at our main facility in Boca Raton only.
Enroll in Computer Training Classes at Boca Helping Hands. "The Basics" offers introductory-level computer skills while "Beyond the Basics" covers more developed skill-sets. The Job Search Workshop specifically covers practices in a successful job search.
View upcoming Computer Training classes here.
In partnership with Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Nutrition Basics classes are held once a month. Each of the six classes offered focuses on ways individuals can better improve their health and wellness through nutrition education.
View upcoming Nutrition Basics classes here.
Learn how to read by enrolling in Adult Literacy classes! In these classes, you will build confidence and a better understanding of daily activities (doctor's appointments, visiting the bank, interpreting legal documents, etc), develop your reading skills and improve employment opportunities for job advancement.
If you would like to speak with our Front Desk Coordinator regarding any of these programs, you can call our Resource Center Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm at (561) 417 - 0913. Boca Helping Hands is closed on all major holidays.
Various programs require pre-approval. Please call to be directed to the correct staff member. At this time there are no appointments or in-person meetings due to COVID-19.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities my contact USDAA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.