Free Dinner, Books Monday For Children In Delray

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Delray Beach Public Library) — As hundreds of local residents wait for power to be restored at their homes after Hurricane Irma, several local organizations and governmental agencies are providing a hot dinner for children on Monday evening.

Residents in Delray Beach are prepared to feed up to 500 children at the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave. between 3 and 6 p.m.
“Some of these residents barely had enough to make ends meet then they got hit with this hurricane,” said Karen Ronald, Director of the Delray Beach Public Library, one of the organizing agencies. “Many of them spent the next month’s pay on fortifying their homes. This is the least we can do to help our very fragile community.”

City and community leaders are expected to join members of civic groups to cook and serve the food. Although power is restored, scores of families have not had much to eat over the past few days, organizers said.

“Far too many of our kids and their families already live at or below the poverty level, and many of our families rely on the school district for their children to eat breakfast and lunch when school is in session,” said C. Ron Allen, CEO of KOPMN, which is organizing the event. “So with schools closed for seven straight days, it is our moral responsibility to actually provide for them.”

The library will also be handing out free books to the children, Ronald said.

The event is made possible by Cheney Brothers, Delray Beach Public Library, Cesar’s Ribs, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Delray Beach Masonic Lodge No. 275, Delray Beach Rotary Club, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, Islamorada Beer Company, CRA Media Group and Bears Restaurant.

To donate, participate or for more information, please call 561-665-0151.