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Palm Beach Post: Free Meal Effort Gains Momentum

“West Palm more than doubles contribution to Restaurateur Rodney Mayo’s nonprofit to feed those laid off because of COVID-19 contagion and restaurant closings.

WEST PALM BEACH — With contributions flowing from cities and private donors — from $3 to thousands — restaurateur Rodney Mayo thinks he has found a scale-able model for feeding the pandemic’s economic victims throughout Palm Beach County.

The West Palm Beach city commission Monday more than doubled its contribution to his nonprofit, which provides free meals for laid-off workers and others sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic.

The city’s Downtown Development Authority also kicked in $20,000, allowing a second restaurant kitchen to reopen for free meal distribution. Delray Beach’s city commission also was poised to contribute, allowing a third location to open.

By shifting money from the West Palm Beach mayor’s general operating funds to Housing and Community Development, the administration came up with an additional $18,000 for Hospitality Helping Hands on Monday, bringing the city’s total to $30,000.”

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