Small Business Council of Rochester will deliver more than 3,000 Thanksgiving food baskets to nonprofit organizations for distribution to local families in need on Nov. 18.
The SBC Cares 3000+ Thanksgiving Appeal seeks to provide more than 3,000 families with food boxes for Thanksgiving dinner. Each food box contains various food items such as applesauce, canned vegetables and dessert mix along with a $25 gift card to a grocery store.
“While conditions have been improving for many businesses in the Rochester area, there are thousands of families in our community challenged by poverty,” President Paul Kaiser said. “This year, as we have over the past 22 years, the SBC is giving back to the community that has provided so much to our members by helping to ensure that people in need have a happier, healthier Thanksgiving dinner.”
SBC collected and donated more than 3,000 food boxes in 2016, including over $29,300 in Buy-a-Box donations from more than 300 participating individuals and companies.
Member and nonmember companies typically make this a company event, enlisting the help of employees to bring in requested food items while the companies purchase the $25 gift cards. Each food box is designed to serve two adults and four children, with the gift card used to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey or other main dish.
To make the distribution process easier on volunteers, SBC will provide boxes to participating companies. Call (585) 256-4619 or email jayni.woods@greaterrochesterchamber.com for information. SBC will drop off boxes to companies committing to more than 25 boxes.
Donating companies will deliver their boxes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 to 140 Despatch Drive in Rochester. SBC volunteers and their families will meet at 8 a.m. on Nov. 18 to deliver the baskets to organizations such as 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 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.”
Over the past three years, the SBC Cares program expanded to include other opportunities to give back to those in need. SBC, through its Backpack Give Back program, recently delivered more than 600 backpacks to school children in need.
Visit rochestersbc.com/sbc-cares for information.