Boca Raton, Fla. – Boca Helping Hands (BHH) received more than 7,600 pounds of cereal this year, through drives organized by Cereal4All, a non-profit organization started by 14-year-old twin brothers Jett and Luke Justin, Boca Raton residents who attend Don Estridge Middle School. This donation means that Boca Helping Hands will be able to provide customers with approximately 72,000 bowls of cereal.
The annual campaign was launched on March 7 to celebrate National Grain Day and ended in May. A record 18 schools and organizations participated this year, including Calusa Elementary School, JC Mitchell Elementary School, Florida Atlantic University’s Community Service Club, Morikami Park Elementary School, St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, Plastridge Insurance, West Boca High School, and Whispering Pines Elementary School.
Breakfast food is one of the least donated items to food banks across the country. Unfortunately, this means that not all families have daily access to breakfast in their homes. Like most kids, Jett and Luke consider cereal one of their favorite foods.
“We want to live in a world where every child and every family has daily access to breakfast food at home,” said Luke Justin. “We want to be part of the fight against food insecurity.”
Having volunteered at Boca Helping Hands with their parents, Jett and Luke hosted their first cereal drive for BHH in 2016 at Calusa Elementary School when they were just eight years old. The brothers have since expanded the program, now called Cereal4All, to other area schools, including Florida Atlantic University.
“Cereal is breakfast, but it’s also happiness,” Jett Justin said. “We couldn’t stop thinking about the families in our community who couldn’t fill their bowls, and we wanted to do something about it.”
The entire Justin family continues to volunteer at BHH. “It’s always been important to my wife and I to instill the idea of thinking of others and helping the community,” said Eric Justin, the twins’ father. “The boys bonded with Boca Helping Hands and their mission because it speaks to their hearts. We realized that Boca Helping Hands is a hidden gem in the community.
In 2019, the twins received six extra pallets of cereal from General Mills after constantly writing to the company for three years. General Mills is still supporting Cereal4All and has sent t-shirts to the boys to donate to students who donate boxes of cereal.
For more information on ongoing food drives, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/FoodDrives.
About Boca Helping Hands
Boca Helping Hands (BHH) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides food, medical, and financial assistance to meet basic human needs, as well as education, job training, and counseling to create self-sufficiency. Through its various programs, BHH helps more than 27,000 people each year.
In 2021, BHH distributed more than 70,000 pantry bags from five Palm Beach County locations and served nearly 80,000 hot meals. The organization expands access to affordable medical, dental and behavioral care through its partnerships with Genesis Community Health (serving clients at clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach) and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Community Based Clinics from Florida Atlantic University (serving residents of West Palm Beach). Additionally, BHH sends meals home on weekends with food-insecure elementary school students through the BHH Backpacks program and helps working families cope with the rising cost of child care. children through the Child Assistance Program (CAP).
With a greater emphasis on client empowerment, BHH awards scholarships to qualified candidates to attend accredited vocational training courses that prepare them for careers in healthcare, information technology, construction and transport. BHH also offers free English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes, nutrition classes, and other life skills. In addition, staff and volunteer mentors advise the unemployed and underemployed on basic workplace skills and help them polish their resumes and seek employment.
Boca Helping Hands is an agency partner of The Town of Palm Beach United Way. Since 1945, the City of Palm Beach United Way has been committed to improving lives and building strong communities throughout Palm Beach County by focusing on programs and priorities that promote education, health and financial stability.
Charity Navigator named Boca Helping Hands a four-star charity for the 15th consecutive year in June 2021. Boca Helping Hands is located at 1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For more information, please visit BocaHelpingHands.org.