By Mary Jane Fine
These are the Mother Hubbard days. In homes all-too-familiar with hunger and homes new to that terror, cupboards are bare. The use of food stamps has quadrupled in Florida over the past four lean years, according to published reports, with 161,250 of this year’s recipients from Palm Beach County — nearly 22,000 more than last year. Once-comfortable families bury their shame and visit food pantries now. More hot meals go out to the homebound. Giving organizations can only hope — especially now, with Thanksgiving just weeks away — that the haves keep contributing enough to help the have-nots.
Help us help others
The Coastal Star and Microgiving.com have joined forces to provide an online means for monetary donations to the featured non-profit organizations providing home delivery of food to the elderly and needy in our community. Both of our locally owned and operated companies are committed to giving back to our communities. Our hope is you will join us, by making an online donation at:
Boca Helping Hands: www.microgiving.com/profile/jgavrilos
Community Caring Center: www.microgiving.com/profile/sherryccc
C.R.O.S. Ministries: www.microgiving.com/profile/caringkitchen1