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Small Business Council to deliver 3,000 Thanksgiving baskets this year.

Byline: Velvet Spicer

More than 350 businesses are expected to participate in the Small Business Council of Rochester's "SBC Cares 3000" Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Some 3,000 boxes of food will be delivered to families in need this year.

"While conditions have been improving for many businesses in the Rochester area, there are thousands of families in our community challenged by poverty," said SBC President Ray Isaac in a news release. "This year, as we have over the past 23 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."

In 2017, the SBC collected and donated a total of more than 3,000 food boxes including more than $29,300 in "Buy a Box" donations from more than 300 participating individuals and companies. Member and non-member companies typically enlist the help of employees to bring in requested food items, with the companies purchasing 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, officials said.

Donating companies will deliver boxes to a specified location on Nov. 16 and SBC volunteers will deliver food baskets the following day to beneficiary 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 the YWCA, among others.

"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," Isaac 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."

The SBC Cares program has been expanded to include other opportunities to give back to those in need. In August the SBC, through its Backpack Give Back, delivered more than 1,000 back-to-school backpacks to school children in need. / 585-653-4021

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Publication:Rochester Business Journal
Date:Oct 29, 2018
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