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Boca Helping Hands needs a new truck pronto

The engine on their main truck gave out Friday. Now Boca Helping Hands has to cut back on pickups and food delivery services to the needy.

The 24-foot truck had clocked 300,000 miles, said Bill Harper, director of food and warehouse operations.

“Obviously it was the oldest truck with the most mileage, but its premature demise was unexpected. Clearly, we can’t function without that truck,” said executive director Greg Hazle. “The object is to solicit help from the community to replace the truck as quickly as possible.”

Helping Hands needs to raise about $120,000, Hazle said. “People can contribute anything to that goal. They can donate directly to replace the truck at https://www.bocahelpinghands.org/donate

The truck could carry 10 pallets of food. It was used to deliver grocery bags for the weekly distributions in West Boca and Boynton Beach. It delivered food to 10 elementary schools to fill backpacks so kids would have food to eat over the weekend.

It picked up food at Feeding South Florida. Now they have to send two smaller trucks and use twice the fuel, according to Helping Hands.

Not having the truck could affect their Thanksgiving plans for the box brigade and turkey distribution days, they reported.

Among their programs, Boca Helping Hands 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.

A contact at Helping Hands is development manager Karen Swedenborg at 561-417-0913, ext. 202 or email karen@bocahelpinghands.org

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