Florida soup kitchen giving away Thanksgiving meals to families in need

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ALL RIGHT, THEN. ALSO, THANK YOU SO MUCH COVERING OUR COMMUNITY THIS MORNING. MANY ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING THE CLOCK TO GET FAMILIES ACCESS TO THANKSGIVING MEALS. OUR JESSIE IS LIVE THIS MORNING AT THE SOUP KITCHEN DOWN SOUTH AND BOYNTON BEACH AND JOSE NOW PEOPLE ARE FINALLY ABLE TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THOSE YUMMY MEALS. THAT’S AND THEY’RE GETTING NOT JUST HOT MEALS, BUT THEY COME THROUGH THE LINE AND GRAB A BAG OF PREPACKAGED ITEMS, MAKE THEIR OWN MEAL AT HOME. THIS JUST OPENED UP MOMENTS AGO. SEEING PEOPLE COME THROUGH THE LINE NOW THE FIRST TIME. PEOPLE ARE GETTING FREE. FROZEN TURKEYS ARE THINGS LIKE PIE. YOU CAN ALSO SEE GREEN BEANS. YOU CAN GET A BAG OF POTATO O’S. ALL OF THESE ITEMS RIGHT HERE IN EACH BAG THAT’S WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE GETTING. AND THEN ONCE THEY GO ACROSS THE WAY OVER HERE. THEY’LL GO THROUGH THE LINE AND GET HOT. THEY CAN GET A HOT MEAL TO TAKE HOME. WE DID SPEAK WITH THE CEO OF THE BOYNTON BEACH SOUP KITCHEN AND SHE THIS YEAR IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT KNOW PREVIOUSLY WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE PANDEMIC. THIS YEAR PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH INFLATION IT’S NEEDED. THEY SAID THAT THE NEED HAS GONE UP 40%. THEY’RE HELPING ABOUT 500 FAMILIES EACH WEEK TO TWO YEARS AGO. IT USED TO BE BECAUSE OF THE NOW IT’S BECAUSE INFLATION WE ARE THE COMPLETE MATCH TO THEIR BUDGET. YOU KNOW WE THEIR CHECKS ARE NOT MAKING MEET AND WE ARE REALLY BEING TO SUPPORT THEM. SO WE’RE SEEING ONLY THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR, THE NEEDY. BUT WE ARE ALSO PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT MAKING ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO GO AND AFFORD A REGULAR GAS GROCERY, YOU KNOW, A TRIP. AND WE HAVE SO VOLUNTEERS OUT HERE HELPING FOLKS GET THE MEAL THAT THEY TODAY SO THEY CAN ENJOY THANKSGIVING AT HOME AS WELL. IF YOU KNOW SOMEBODY COULD USE THE HELP YOU YOURSELF CAN USE A MEAL THIS THANKSGIVING COME ON TO THE BOYNTON BEACH SOUP KITCHEN THEY’LL BE OPEN AND 11 A.M. AND YOU CAN WALK THROUGH AND GET A NICE HOT MEAL. REPORTING LIVE,

Boynton Beach soup kitchen giving away Thanksgiving meals to families in need

There’s no question the work being done at the Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach is making a world of a difference. On Thanksgiving morning, people in need lined up to receive free hot turkey meals and pre-bagged groceries to prepare their own holiday meals at home. “The reactions are remarkable. It’s different every time. It’s joy, it’s joy to the families, joy to the community, joy to me because I sit here and take pride in what I do,” said Peter Moshonas, chef and food and nutrition manager at the Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach.Leaders with the organization say the pandemic and inflation have increased their need by 40% in recent weeks. “We are really being there to support them. We’re not only seeing the homeless, poor and needy, but also people not able to make enough, people not able to afford regular groceries,” Marlene Mejia, CEO at Boynton Beach Soup Kitchen, said.As tradition stands, a sit-down meal with homeless individuals was also held before closing shop.Harry Rodriguez, 61, is homeless and says medical bills ultimately put him in this spot.He says it’s the grace of the folks making room for him at the table that give him a glimmer of hope.”My life is changing today because I feel OK that everybody has a meal to eat today, and we are together here today as family,” Rodriguez said.

There’s no question the work being done at the Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach is making a world of a difference.

On Thanksgiving morning, people in need lined up to receive free hot turkey meals and pre-bagged groceries to prepare their own holiday meals at home.

“The reactions are remarkable. It’s different every time. It’s joy, it’s joy to the families, joy to the community, joy to me because I sit here and take pride in what I do,” said Peter Moshonas, chef and food and nutrition manager at the Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach.

Leaders with the organization say the pandemic and inflation have increased their need by 40% in recent weeks.

“We are really being there to support them. We’re not only seeing the homeless, poor and needy, but also people not able to make enough, people not able to afford regular groceries,” Marlene Mejia, CEO at Boynton Beach Soup Kitchen, said.

As tradition stands, a sit-down meal with homeless individuals was also held before closing shop.

Harry Rodriguez, 61, is homeless and says medical bills ultimately put him in this spot.

He says it’s the grace of the folks making room for him at the table that give him a glimmer of hope.

“My life is changing today because I feel OK that everybody has a meal to eat today, and we are together here today as family,” Rodriguez said.

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