By Darien Davies

Several months after Rodney Mayo took it upon himself to help the restaurant community who was hit hard during the pandemic, he’s at it again. Hospitality Helping Hands (H3), the non-profit he started to provide hot meals to those facing food insecurity due to losing their jobs, and Howley’s Restaurant will be serving free meals on Thanksgiving Day to any unemployed person and their family members. 

Individuals and families may drive up in their car or walk up a get one free hot turkey dinner per family member on Thursday, November 26 from 2 to 8 p.m. In addition, anyone who is able and interested may dine at Howley’s and enjoy a three-course turkey dinner for at least a $19 donation. Every single dollar raised from the sale of dinners will go to help feed families in need in the local community. 

H3 and Howley’s aren’t new to the food donation scene, as the team began dishing out hot meals the day after COVID restrictions forced restaurants to shut down in March 2020. Howley’s served as the main location for food donations, and began by serving an average of 2,000 hot meals per day, seven days a week, to a mile-long line of hungry people. 

Within a month, six additional Sub-Culture Group restaurants were added to the daily free hot meal program and together served an average of 15,000 meals per day. To date, H3 has provided hungry restaurant workers and their family members with more than 250,000 free hot meals.  

H3 also started a weekly grocery pick in April 2020, which continues each week on Saturdays at The Port of Palm Beach. To date, H3 has provided 50,000 sets of weekly groceries to families in need.

It’s been a difficult year for all of us living in a pandemic, and Howley’s and H3 want to show you that there is always something to be thankful for. Please be sure to pick up a free meal if you need it, or purchase a meal if you can, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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