By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – Since April 9th, the Delray Beach Parks and Recreations department has been providing a daily ‘Meal Chart’ list on their Facebook page where those in need can get food. From prepared meals for pick-up, grocery pick-up, food panties and even delivery options.
In addition to providing the valuable information every day, each Wednesday in partnership with Feeding South Florida, the Delray Beach Parks and Recreation staff are helping feed families in-need with their Drive-thru Food Distribution events.
These are held from 9AM – 11AM at the Catherine Strong Park at 1500 SW 6th Street on a first come, first served basis until supplies last. Delray Beach Parks and Recreations Director, Sam Metott, explained in a recent interview that “[…] we were giving away groceries to over 750 families again yesterday, and we plan to do so until things improve.”
For prepared meal pick-up, there are options like the Cros Ministries set up at the Delray Beach Public Library at 100 W. Atlantic Avenue from 12:00 – 12:50 PM, who’s only requirement is being hungry. Also Living Hungry and H3 Dada Restaurant on 52 N. Swinton Avenue will offer up to ten meals per car from 1PM to 6PM.
Hospitality Helping Hands (H3) is a West Palm Beach, FL, non-profit formed when Rodney Mayo, owner of Subculture Restaurant Group, was forced to lay off 650 employees. At a food distribution point last week, Mayo told CBS 12, “Nobody in their right mind would wait hours for a few bags of groceries unless they really needed it.”
Other options listed for today are Grocery Pick-Up and Grab and Go provided by Farms to Families Boys and Girls Club, Fresh Rx Kids and Lox Farms also at Catherine Strong Park from 2PM – 5 PM for members and families.”I am so thankful to be working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County,” said Margaret Duriez, co-founder of Fresh Rx Kids and Lox Farms.
“It’s critical that families in need have access to fresh, healthy produce, while supporting our local farms, which are an important part of our food system. I’m grateful to have been able to connect our farms to our families in Palm Beach County during this difficult this time.”
The list also details delivery options for seniors, and food panties like the Jacobson Family Food Panty on 430 S. Congress Avenue, with is open from 9AM – 3PM today. They require individuals to be residents of Delray or Boca Raton, provide state ID and proof of residency, along with a letter of termination and one month bank statement.