“You don’t have enough to eat,” says an official with a Florida nonprofit that provides food to those in need.

                 Boca Helping Hands, a community-based nonprofit, is struggling to keep up with inflation and a decline in volunteer support.  The organization provides food, medical and financial assistance to those in need, between February and March we have already seen an increase of a thousand hot meals,” said Bill Harper, Director of Food Operations and Stores in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “We have also seen a 10% increase in families seeking family assistance. "All their living expenses have gone up, the petrol and everything else they're trying to get by," Harper said.  They don't have enough food.” He said they are also running short of volunteers. During the summer months, some people leave for vacation, go back north and college students go home. Stay informed: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News, Harper said: “We've had a 20% decrease in our volunteer staff over the past month, so we're getting to a great need now where we need people to come and help.” Susan Tripp, a Boca Raton resident, has been a volunteer since November. “It feels good when you come home And you realize you've helped quite a few people," Tripp said. "Plus the fact that there's a tremendous amount of camaraderie.  "Tripp also sees that people struggle more," Tripp said.  Sure, we've had more people, and we've had more people just asking for more.” To donate, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/Donate. To volunteer, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/Volunteer. To host a food drive and download a list of most needed items, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/FoodDrives Follow us on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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                <strong class="dateline">Boca Raton, Florida -</strong>                                             <p>    Boca Helping Hands, a community nonprofit, is struggling to keep up with inflation and declining volunteer support.

The organization provides food, medical and financial assistance to those in need.

Between February and March, we’ve already seen an increase of 1,000 hot meals,” said Bill Harper, director of food and warehouse operations at BHH. “We’ve also seen a 10% increase in families seeking family assistance.”

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Harper thinks it’s because of the economy.

“Everyone’s getting a little stressed,” Harper said. “They’ve all gone up in their living expenses, petrol and everything else they’re trying to get by. They don’t have enough to eat.”

He said they are also seeing a shortage of volunteers. During the summer months, some people leave for vacation, head back north and college students go home.

Stay informed: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News

“We’ve seen a 20% decrease in our volunteer staff over the past month, so we’re getting to the point right now where we need to help people,” Harper said.

Susan Tripp, a Boca Raton resident, has been a volunteer since November.

“It feels good when you come home and realize you’ve helped quite a few people. Plus the fact that there’s a tremendous amount of camaraderie,” Tripp said.

Tripp also finds that people struggle more.

“Sure, we’ve had more people, we’ve had more people asking for more,” Tripp said.

To donate, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/Donate.

To volunteer, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/Volunteer.

To host a food campaign and download a list of required items, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/FoodDrives.

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