At least 1,000 people will receive a full Thanksgiving meal this holiday following a food drive hosted by the Palm Beach Synagogue.
For the past five years, the synagogue’s Project Connect outreach program has partnered with local services to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to families in need.
For this year’s campaign, which runs through Tuesday, the synagogue has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County to provide an additional 100 dinners for guests facing housing insecurity.
After a second holiday season devoted to the effects of COVID-19, people feel a deeper sense of gratitude, said Rabbi Moshe Scheiner.
âA holiday like Thanksgiving is a time for us to express our gratitude to God,â he said. âOur greatest thanksgiving is sharing our blessings with others and caring for all of God’s children.
Partner of Project Connect, VIP Kidz Care provides services to children in need of specialized medical care. Last year, the synagogue donated more than 400 meals through the organization.
Including a whole turkey and traditional sides, each family Thanksgiving dinner costs $ 50 and feeds four people. With the support of Publix and the synagogue community, Project Connect will soon reach its goal of 1,000 meals, a representative said.
In 2020, due to the pandemic, the synagogue and its partners faced a unique situation. Residents of neighboring communities found themselves confined to their homes for the holidays. But Brother Robert Graham, the founder of True Fast Outreach Ministries, said last year was like every year: people were still hungry.
True Fast, another Project Connect partner, provides basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter to underprivileged people in West Palm Beach.
âHolidays are important to some people and with that we know there is more anticipation for food, but all year round people still have to eat every day,â Graham said.
Thanks to the association’s long-standing partnership with the synagogue, Graham said True Fast has been able to deliver hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners to the community, among others.
When opening a men’s transitional housing center in West Palm Beach, Project Connect donated beds and beds. Mickey and Larry Beyer of Palm Beach Synagogue donated a mobile pantry truck to expand the reach of the organization.
âOur partnerships mean more than food,â Graham said. “They help us meet the challenges of people’s lives and they come together every time to help people from different walks of life.”
On Tuesday, Graham and other volunteers will be at the synagogue to load trucks and distribute meals across the county.
Residents who wish to contribute to Project Connect’s Thanksgiving campaign can purchase a Publix gift card and bring it to the synagogue office, donate money, or register to volunteer. Residents can also suggest a recipient for a Thanksgiving dinner.
To learn more about Project Connect, visit palmbeachsynagogue.com.