3,000 People in Need Enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner At the 32nd Anniversary of Feed the Hungry
Congregation B’nai Israel’s Kantor Family Center for Justice and the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Boca Raton, partnered to serve Thanksgiving dinner to over 3,000 people in need. This was the 32nd year of the annual event, which was held on Tuesday, November 24th at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Boca Raton. The event brought the community together, with participants singing and dancing in a party-like atmosphere.
“It was a really festive event, with children playing, dancing and singing. The kids particularly enjoyed Harriet Rubin and the Boca Point Clowns On Call, who did face painting, tableside magic and balloon art. Everyone from the community came together for a true celebration of Thanksgiving,” Rabbi Robert Silvers of Congregation B’nai Israel, said.
Congregation B’nai Israel provided 300 volunteers for the event and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church had more than 100 volunteers on site. Mayor Susan Haynie, Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth and City Councilman Scott Singer dished out food. 88 turkeys, 1600 chicken pieces and 300 pounds of cranberry sauce were donated and served. Area country clubs, including Boca West Country Club, Mizner Country Club, St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Grove, Addison Reserve and The Polo Club donated 1500 servings of sweet potatoes and broccoli. Thomas Produce donated 300 pounds of green beans, 300 pounds of squash and 300 pounds of peppers.
Participants this year included individuals and families served by a number of local nonprofit organizations, including In the Pines-South, Florence Fuller Development Center, Jim and Jan Moran Boys and Girls Club, JARC, Propel Youth Organization, Pearl City Cats, Barton’s Boosters, Let’s Grow Well Together, Boca Love Outreach, Caridad Center, The Jewish Association for Residential Care, The Lord’s Place, The American Association of Caregiving Youth, and The Farmworker’s Council. Homeless people, as well as people living in transitional housing, were invited as well.
Food, beverages, and other products and services were donated or discounted by Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, Forster Family Food Pantry, VIP Caterers, Thomas Produce, Office Depot Foundation, Augie’s Restaurant, Publix, Hurricane Wings, Stallone’s, The Sidewalk Chef – Shashank Agtey, Sous Chef – T.J. Boeninghaus, Sunquest Nursery, Vicky & Gary Weiner Family and members of both participating congregations.