Boca Helping Hands is seeking the community’s help for the 17th annual Thanksgiving Box Brigade program, which provides turkeys and a box filled with everything a family needs to prepare a holiday meal. Members of the community can fill a box with Thanksgiving dinner essentials or donate $27.15 to cover the cost of a loaded box here. All filled boxes must be received at Boca Helping Hands by Monday, November 15.
Prior to the pandemic, Boca Helping Hands distributed 2,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving meal boxes each year. In 2020, the organization distributed a record 2,700 turkeys to local families, including to many new families who registered for food assistance due to COVID-19. This year, the organization estimates needing to source 3,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving meal boxes with the addition of a fifth location in Delray Beach.
Boca Helping Hands will have empty boxes available, which can be reserved now for pick-up starting the first week of October. Each 10”x10”x 10” box must contain:
• 6 oz. Stove Top stuffing mix (1)
• 10.5 oz. canned gravy (1, no glass)
• 1.56 oz. powdered drink mix (1)
• 15 oz. canned vegetables (4)
• 15 oz. canned fruit or fruit cocktail (2)
• 4 oz. instant mashed potatoes mix (2)
• 29 oz. canned yams (1)
• 14 oz. cranberry sauce (1)
• 21 oz. canned pie filling (1)
• 9” Ready-made graham cracker pie crust (1, non-perishable)
“We are so grateful to the community each year for their food drives and Thanksgiving box donations,” said Boca Helping Hands executive director Greg Hazle. “Their generosity means that people who would not otherwise be able to sit down for a holiday meal can enjoy one with their family.”
Boca Helping Hands will distribute the turkeys and Thanksgiving meal boxes to current Pantry Bag Program clients on November 20 and 21 at five of its drive-thru distribution locations.
To participate, current clients must register between October 1 and October 31 at one of five Boca Helping Hands pantry bag distribution locations. Hours and addresses can be found here. To reserve empty boxes to fill with Thanksgiving dinner essentials or donate the cost of a box, click here.