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Project Thanksgiving to feed over 2,000 families Thursday thanks to community support

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Project Thanksgiving, a partnership between The United Way of Palm Beach County and CBS12 News, will feed over 2,000 families this Thursday thanks to community's support.{ } Businesses like Delivery Dudes also collected food and made a donation to the Palm Beach County Food Bank to support the efforts. (WPEC)

On Thursday, hundreds of families in need will enjoy a warm holiday meal thanks to Project Thanksgiving.

With the community’s overwhelming support, the 30-year partnership between The United Way of Palm Beach County and CBS12 News was able to raise over $40,000 to go toward buying grocery store gift cards so families in our area could do their own shopping to make a special holiday feast.

Local businesses like Delivery Dudes also stepped up to help.

The food delivery service worked with their customers to collect food donations over the past several weeks.

“We encouraged and asked our customers if they wanted to donate food to leave their food so that when we dropped off contact-less, we could pick up contact less,” said Christopher Leary, with Delivery Dudes. “It turned out great and then we were also able to just do special pick-ups for people who would call just to have us pick up food.”

The Delivery Dudes team dropped off a truck full of donations to the Palm Beach County Food Bank which is in addition to over 5,000 pounds of food already collected from businesses and members of the community.

Traver McLaughlin, with the United Way of Palm Beach County, says Project Thanksgiving comes during a time when the need for hunger relief assistance is at an all time high due to the impacts of the pandemic. He says the community has been beyond grateful for the extra help during these tough times.

“A lot of times, it is tears. When you see people getting a gift card this is the first time that they’ve had a dedicated food source to them in a long time. We really have the opportunity, from those tears of joy to make them feel like there’s hope out there.”

Project Thanksgiving will feed at least 2,000 families this holiday.