Thanksgiving 2021: Where to get and give food in Broward and Palm Beach

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Nov 04, 2021 11:31 AM

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Madison Slate, Jackie Coker, Mary Lauderdale (Junior League of Boca Raton) load Thanksgiving meals into a car at Boca Helping Hands.

Madison Slate, Jackie Coker, Mary Lauderdale (Junior League of Boca Raton) load Thanksgiving meals into a car at Boca Helping Hands. (Boca Helping Hands)

As Thanksgiving approaches, organizations in South Florida are in need of nonperishable items to help families put food on the table this year. Many of them are pulling double duty by providing food and also coordinating donation efforts. Either way, they can use the community’s help. Here’s a list of where residents can give to food drives or plan to pick up the essentials ahead of the holiday:

Boca Raton, ongoing through Nov. 15, Boca Helping Hands needs help with its 17th annual Thanksgiving Box Brigade program that 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 (6-ounce Stove Top stuffing mix (1), 10.5-ounce canned gravy (1, no glass), 1.56-ounce powdered drink mix (1), 15-ounce canned vegetables (4), 15-ounce canned fruit or fruit cocktail (2), 4-ounce instant mashed potatoes mix (2), 29-ounce canned yams (1), 14-ounce cranberry sauce (1), 21-ounce canned pie filling (1), 9-inch ready-made graham cracker pie crust (1, non-perishable). Alternatively, the cost of a box this year is $27.15, which can be donated at BocaHelpingHands.org/Thanksgiving.

Boynton Beach, ongoing, St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 3300 S. Seacrest Blvd., is collecting monetary donations for turkeys to be given away at the Food Pantry at Holy Redeemer in Lake Worth. A $20 donation feeds a family of four at Thanksgiving, and the goal is to feed 200 families this year. Visit bit.ly/3GT0mC8 to donate.

Broward County, ongoing, The Salvation Army of Broward County is in need of nonperishable food items to help replenish its Food Pantry for upcoming community distributions. Items needed include canned goods (beans/vegetables, fruit, meat and milk), rice, boxed cereals, pastas and sauces, peanut butter and jelly, oatmeal, granola bars, snacks and other pre-prepared shelf-stable meals. Drop off items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Salvation Army of Broward Headquarters, 1445 W. Broward Blvd. Food Pantry distributions take place from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Call 954-712-2431 or email Joshua.Myers@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Davie, ongoing through Nov. 14, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Pine Island Multipurpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Road (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays) and Aquatic and Fitness Center, 3800 SW 92nd Ave. (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays). The town is partnering with Harvest Drive, Inc. to collect donations to help supply meals to Broward County Public Schools students. Items needed include cereal, boxed milk, pancake mix, syrup, boxed mac and cheese, canned soup, peanut butter, jelly, applesauce, cookies/crackers, canned corn, green beans and other beans, rice, boxed mashed potatoes, canned sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy and cornbread muffin mix. No glass containers. Call 954-327-3941.

Delray Beach, 10 a.m. Nov. 20, Thanksgiving Giveaway, Catherine Strong Park, 1500 SW Sixth St. Presented by the city of Delray Beach Parks & Recreation Department and EJS Project, free holiday boxes with holiday fixings along with either a turkey or ham are available on a first-come, first served basis while supplies last. To donate nonperishable food items, visit “505″ Teen Center, EJS, Delray Beach Public Library, Pompey Park Delray Beach Community Center or Delray Beach City Hall. Call 561-600-1056, 561-243-7000, ext. 5220 or email info@ejsproject.org or pearson@mydelraybeach.com.

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Greenacres, ongoing through Nov. 30, Hoffman’s Chocolates, 5190 Lake Worth Road, is having a food drive to support Feeding South Florida. Visit Hoffmans.com.

Lauderdale Lakes, 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 19, Drive-Thru Thanksgiving Food Distribution, Vincent Torres Park, 4331 NW 36th St. Mayor Hazelle Rogers and Farm Share are sponsoring a holiday food giveaway for residents first come, first served while supplies last. Call 954-535-2706.

Miramar, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 13 and 20, Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis presents Turkey & Fixins’ Drive-Thru Pick-Up, Miramar Multi-Service Complex, 6700 Miramar Parkway. Register for free turkey and sides for the holiday for Miramar residents only while supplies last. Call 954-602-3156. Register at bit.ly/3ELJU51.

The team from Gast Construction Group shows off their pies to benefit Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches.

The team from Gast Construction Group shows off their pies to benefit Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. (Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART / Courtesy)

Palm Beach County, ongoing through Nov. 17, Pie It Forward, a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. About 25 chefs from restaurants, resorts and country clubs donate Thanksgiving pies that are sold by Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. Pies are $30 for apple, pecan and pumpkin and $35 for key lime pie. Pies can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter and Duffy’s Sports Grill, 1750 S. Federal Highway, in Delray Beach. Visit mowpbpie.org.

Wellington, ongoing through Nov. 15, Holiday Food Drive, drop-off locations at Wellington Community Center, Village Hall, Wellington Professional Center, Tennis Center, Village Park. Food items needed include instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, cornbread muffin mix, canned vegetables. Call 561-791-4796.

Weston, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13, Thanksgiving Food Drop & Drive-Thru, Weston Regional Park at the Weston Community Center drive-up, 20200 Saddle Club Road. Sponsored by the city and Harvest Drive, drop off unexpired canned or boxed goods such as cranberry sauce, turkey gravy packets or cans, cornbread mix, powdered milk, applesauce, canned vegetables, sweet potatoes, boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing, peanut butter and pasta. Volunteers will take the items from your car.

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