The Small Business Council of Rochester aims to deliver over 3,000 food baskets to non-profit organizations for distribution to local families in need this Thanksgiving through its 2016 SBC Cares 3000+ Thanksgiving Appeal.

Each box is designed to serve two adults and four children and includes a $25 gift card to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey or other main dish from a local grocery store. Each box will contain a variety of food items including applesauce, canned vegetables and dessert mix.

In 2015, the SBC collected and donated over 3,200 food baskets including over $43,300 in Buy-A-Basket donations from over 335 participating individuals and companies. 

“While the economic conditions have been a challenge for many businesses in the Rochester area, there are thousands of families in our community that face far greater challenges,” said Paul Kaiser, president of the SBC of Rochester. “This year, as we have over the past 21 years, the SBC is giving back to the community that has provided so much to us by helping to ensure that a great many people will have a happier, healthier Thanksgiving dinner.”

This year — to make the distribution process easier for volunteers, and thanks to the Koch Division of BCI and Jamestown Container — the SBC will provide boxes to participating companies. Companies are asked to contact Cindy DeVoldre at 585-256-4619 to arrange the pickup or dropoff of boxes.

The SBC will drop off boxes to companies committing to over 25 boxes.

Donating companies will deliver the boxes to 140 Despatch Drive between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 18. Volunteers will meet at the same location at 8 a.m. Nov. 19 to begin delivery of the baskets to beneficiary organizations including Baden Street Settlement; Catholic Family Center; Community Place of Greater Rochester; Flower City Habitat for Humanity; Open Door Mission; Veterans Outreach Center; Volunteers of America; Wilson Commencement Park; and the YWCA.

“There’s nothing more satisfying than dropping off baskets to one of our beneficiary organizations and seeing the families they support literally waiting outside the door to be able to take one home for the holidays,” Kaiser said. “We host a number of programs to support the professional development, and networking needs of the local small business community, but this program is, by far, the one that has distinguished the SBC from other local business support organizations.”

For information: rochestersbc.com/sbc-cares, 585-704-1510, pskaiser@grbbank.com.