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Project Thanksgiving: help feed families in need this holiday season

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Sudden job losses brought on by the pandemic are fueling a surge in hunger.{ } Hunger relief organizations are seeing a huge increase in the number of people turning to them for help, many of them for the first time.{ } The need continues to grow as the holiday's approach.{ } (Feeding South Florida)

CBS12 News and the United Way of Palm Beach County are teaming up for the 30th year for Project Thanksgiving. The annual partnership comes during a time when the need for hunger relief is greater than ever due to the pandemic.

The collaboration aims to raise money and collect food donations to make sure every family in Palm Beach County has a warm meal on their table this holiday season.

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With the money raised, grocery store gift cards will be purchased so families can do their own shopping.

“Project Thanksgiving is really special in that the moms, the dads, they get to actually go purchase food and select the food of their choosing,” said Laurie George, the CEO of United Way of Palm Beach County. “They may have a special recipe that’s really important to them at the holidays and this gives them the flexibility to put that meal together and bond with her family.”

There are several ways you can make a difference; donate to Project Thanksgiving online, text to give, or hosting a virtual or in-person food drive.

Last week, team members with the United Way of Palm Beach County held a virtual phone bank where they accepted donations from the community.

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Within just a few hours, Project Thanksgiving raised over $5,000, meaning an additional 250 families will be able to enjoy a warm holiday meal next week.

A donation of $20 can feed a family of four.

Last year, Project Thanksgiving raised over $50,000, helping to feed thousands of families.



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