St. Andrews CC, Addison Reserve CC and The Polo Club of Boca Raton came together to feed over 4,000 area residents for the 32nd Annual Feed the Hungry event.
St. Andrews Country Club (Boca Raton, Fla.), Addison Reserve Country Club (Delray Beach, Fla.), and The Polo Club of Boca Raton continued the tradition of coming together to aid two area congregations, Congregation B’nai Israel and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, for the 32nd Annual Feed the Hungry Program that provided Thanksgiving dinner to over 4,000 area residents on Tuesday, November 24.
For the past seven years, St. Andrews CC has organized the donations of traditional Thanksgiving side dishes by recruiting other area clubs to participate and this year Craig D. Martin, CCM, St. Andrews’ Chief Operating Officer and General Manager reached out to his colleagues for help.
“I look forward to the opportunity each year to participate in such a great community event,” Martin said. “This event is rewarding for everyone involved, and I am once again inspired by the St. Andrews Country Club Board of Governors and my fellow members of the Club Managers Association of America, who continue to provide many of the side dishes.
“It is very important to us to come together and use our resources to help those who are less fortunate, especially during the holiday season,” Martin added. “We are thankful for our respective executive chefs and their superior culinary staff who prepare the side dishes for Feed the Hungry, in addition to preparing Thanksgiving dinner for thousands at our clubs.”
Janyce Speier, a Feed the Hungry volunteer and St. Andrews CC member, said “We are truly thankful for the generosity of all of the participating clubs in the area, especially Craig Martin, who has recruited neighboring private country clubs year after year to help us. Every effort makes a difference and I want to express our gratitude to them, and especially to St. Andrews, for their continual support,”
The three clubs are provided thousands of servings of macaroni and cheese, grilled broccoli, and sweet potatoes to feed over 4,000 people, mostly children, from Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach. Each person was also given a small leftover takeaway to enjoy later in the week.
The feast was held from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The church building was used to stage the food, dessert and beverage areas, and tents were erected to cover the parking lots, with plenty of tables, chairs, lighting and volunteer DJs also provided. The two congregations also provided roundtrip buses to some neighborhoods for families and children.