Published on November 27, 2014

500 meals to be delivered to families in need

By Elizabeth Campbell 

A local organization is continuing an annual tradition of feeding hundreds of local families that would otherwise go without a Thanksgiving meal.

St. Vincent's HealthCare associates are partnering with Aging True Community Senior Services to serve 500 meals to their Meals on Wheels clients. This is St. Vincent's HealthCare's 21st year of this tradition.

“I am so thankful to the food services staff and all the St. Vincent’s associates who volunteer along with my family on Thanksgiving Day, to provide these hot meals to our neighbors,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare CEO Moody Chisholm. “We are all thankful that God has blessed St. Vincent’s with the opportunity to give back by feeding shut-ins and those in need for more than two decades."

The St. Vincent’s food and nutrition team in Riverside will prepare 500 meals Thursday. To prepare the meals it took 150 pounds of turkey, 125 pounds of green beans, 125 pounds of mashed potatoes, 125 pounds of stuffing and 75 pounds of cranberries.

“Aging True Community Senior Services is honored to once again partner with St. Vincent's HealthCare and North Florida Transportation in this annual Thanksgiving meal delivery. Our clients so look forward to
this hot holiday meal. We can't say ‘thank you’ enough to the many volunteers and staff who make this possible,” said Aging True Community Senior Services CEO Teresa K. Barton.

The meals will be prepared early Thursday morning and around 9:30 a.m., dozens of taxi drivers from Gator City Taxi, Checker Yellow Cab and Super Shuttle will line King Street to fill their cars with the meals. The drivers donate their time and gas to make sure the meals get to the families in need.