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“We are seeing a doubling in demand,” said Greg Hazle, executive director of Boca Helping Hands, a non-profit that monitors hunger, joblessness and the medical needs of the poor. “We’ve added 4,000 families during the pandemic, and we have an increase in applications for job training and help paying rent.”
Elementary school students in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach who are food insecure will receive weekend meals for the remainder of the year through a partnership with Boca Helping Hands, a community nonprofit that provides food, medical and financial assistance as well as education, job training and guidance.
Boca Helping Hands, the organization that provides on-site meals to the needy along with homebound foods for disadvantaged folks and families in Boca Raton and its environs, has added a new element to its mission.
Boca Helping Hands (BHH) has partnered with six public schools to provide food-insecure elementary students with weekend meals for the remainder of the school year.
The Boca Helping Hands Newsletter, Issue 29, Fall 2020 includes: Support Annual Match in 2020 Warehouse Watch Expanding Our Reach Into Boynton Beach Thanksgiving Box Brigade Turning the Page Charitable Giving Tax Changes for 2020 Job Training Student Update Join Heart & Spirit Today
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A year like 2020 reminds us that the future is uncertain, but that as long as Boca Helping Hands has your support, we can continue to meet the challenges that come our way.
Palm Beach Post writer Alexandra Clough interviews Executive Director Greg Hazle on how Boca Helping Hands is helping during the pandemic.
To meet our 15% annual increase in food demand (plus emergency need due to COVID-19), BHH will be expanding our Warehouse space to double food storage capacity. While this renovation may sound like just an infrastructure project, it’s really much more than that: It’s an opportunity to create a conduit of compassion in our community, helping BHH to touch the lives of even more children and families in Palm Beach County.
Lynda Audet’s social distancing lifestyle isn’t all that different from her regular lifestyle – she spends her spring and summer days in her cozy Quebec, Canada home far from any other houses, with trees and the Laurentian Mountains all around her. But every week, she now has the opportunity to connect with clients from Boca Helping Hands (BHH) via Virtual Job Mentoring.
Scientists tell us that a virus is not a living organism, but this “Novel Coronavirus” has at times seemed not only alive but intelligent, even diabolical, in how it has brought an entire civilization to its knees. Like every other organization, BHH’s operations have been severely affected by the collective defensive measures that have been required. As an essential service provider, we have had to find ways of meeting the increased needs of our community despite the restrictions. If there is a silver lining to be found anywhere in this cloud of catastrophe, it may be that the lessons we are learning are likely to improve the efficiency and impact of our programs in the future.
What’s better than a hobby to enjoy? A hobby that doubles as a way to feed the hungry! Six years ago, avid fishermen and friends Harrison Konsker and Maccabee Herman founded a nonprofit to feed local families with fresh local fish, caught “right off the coast.” Their organization is the largest source of fish donations made to Boca Helping Hands (BHH), having donated more than 2,500 pounds of fish to date.
The Boca Helping Hands Newsletter, Issue 28, Summer 2020 includes: The BHH Corona Chronicles COVID-19 Program Updates Stamp Out Hunger Goes Virtual Volunteers Step Up Thanksgiving Box Brigade Virtual Volunteering Crosses Borders Friends Fish to Fight Hunger Renovating for the Future Join Heart & Spirit