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Boca Raton business helping to feed those on front lines of coronavirus pandemic

'They're doing it in a way that is charitable, is giving back to the community'
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Posted at 10:07 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 00:05:07-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — "Every little bit helps." That's the motto of an eatery in Boca Raton where the owner has made it her mission since March to feed those on the front lines. The men and women fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

"Fresh delicious meals and to have a personal note, inspiration and just even something like that, it's a traumatic thing these workers are going through," Jill Goodman, owner of Palm Beach Bagel, said.

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A medical worker picks up a meal at Palm Beach Bagel

Police, fire, hospitals and some of the COVID-19 testing sites relish the meals. Goodman is prone to matching a customer's donation.

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"One of my customers, a wonderful hard-working girl, called me and said, 'I want to feed someone today.' Great, how much money do you have? It wasn't a large amount of money," she said. "I'm like, great, I'll match your money, and this way we can feed the COVID unit."

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Meals prepared to feed medical workers in Boca Raton

Boca Raton City Councilman Andy Thomson said it's great to see a local business help others.

"And they're doing it in a way that is charitable, is giving back to the community," he said.

Goodman said she's blessed and that means she's got to pay it forward.

"It's not a lot, but isn't it the little things that really get us all that feel-good kind of moment?" she said.