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Update: They got enough for the truck!

Update: Boca Helping Hands raised enough money to replace the truck they counted on to make pickups and deliveries.

“After reports of the truck’s demise and how food delivery to BHH’s clients was hindered, contributions of more than $150,000 poured in to fund a brand-new 24-foot refrigerated truck,” the agency announced today.

“We are simply astounded and so grateful for the incredible outpouring of support from the community…,” Greg Hazle, executive director said in a statement.

Major contributors included: The Sun Capital Partners Foundation, Boca West Children’s Foundation, Eric and Loren Stein, Stoops Family Foundation, the Gary Peters Family Foundation and Charles and Robin Deyo.
TBC Corporation (parent company of Tire Kingdom) will now donate a Ford E-250 cargo van to the BHH fleet, adding even more capacity to collect and deliver meals.

See original story below.

It only took 10 seconds for Boca West Foundation to agree to match money for a new truck for hungry kids and families.

Foundation founder and chairman Arthur Adler presented a $25,000 check at Boca Helping Hands this afternoon, Oct. 4. The money will match a $25,000 grant so the agency can eventually resume regular food pickups and deliveries. They served 33,271 meals alone from January through August this year.

“They showed up when we needed them most,” said Greg Hazle, Boca Helping Hands’ executive director.

“Their truck was dying and they desperately needed it to pick up surplus food and get it distributed,” Adler told Boca Voice. The 24-foot truck with 300,000 miles finally gave out in late September.

“We had funded everything for this year. But we always keep money in reserve, in case something extraordinary happens and they need help,” Adler said.

The foundation already sponsors Boca Helping Hands’ weekly backpack program as one of 25 children’s charities projects.

The vehicle delivered pallets of food to 10 participating elementary schools in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. The food is placed in backpacks for the kids to take home.

“On the weekends, six meals go out for 1,600 kids to assure they eat over the weekend, 52 weeks a year,” Adler said. “That’s beyond the grant we gave them during the year, in excess of $50,000. That’s who we are and that’s why we’re here.”

The formerly anonymous $25,000 matching grant donor has stepped forward. “BHH is a fabulous organization doing truly critical work,” Boca resident Eric Stein said in a statement. “I have been watching them for years and have made smaller contributions in the past. But when I read that “Papa Bear”…needed to be replaced, my wife and I decided it was a perfect project for us to support…to encourage the community to join us in helping the organization feed the hungry.”

“Boca West Children’s Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Boca Helping Hands and, on this occasion, they were truly a friend in need who stepped up to the challenge of matching Eric Stein’s donation,” Hazle said.

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