Thursday, May 16, 2024

The 561 Face of Feeding the Food Insecure

Boca Helping Hands
Steve King, Director of Development

After three decades spent working in the private sector and for a local university, Steve King joined the staff of Boca Helping Hands (BHH) in 2021, where he oversees the development department. He first began assisting BHH 10 years ago as a volunteer, engaging with clients and listening to their struggles.

“I believe each of us is just one bad thing away from needing someone’s help. I first got involved with Boca Helping Hands because it was important to expose my kids to that reality—so they never take things for granted,” he says.

King enjoys helping others through BHH, a community nonprofit that serves hot lunches, distributes pantry bags of groceries, and expands access to healthcare, as well as provides emergency financial assistance and job training.

“We serve 80,000 hot meals a year, open to anyone in need. About 70,000 pantry bags a year are designated for financially qualified recipients living in Palm Beach County. We also cover the full cost of vocational training for low-to-moderate-income individuals, preparing them for in-demand careers in 11 different professions in hope that they will become financially self-sufficient and won’t need our services any longer. This is what drove me to BHH’s mission—it’s the wraparound services that mean so much,” says King.

King also serves as a volunteer fundraiser for Boca Raton’s TOPSoccer so that special-needs kids can participate at no charge to their families. He, his son, and his daughter have volunteered as coaches there for 12 years.



This sponsored content is from the November/December 2022 issue of Boca magazineFor more from this year’s 561 Faces special section, click here.

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