Published on November 27, 2014

Meals on Wheels helps 500 Jacksonville families

Meals on Wheels is continuing an annual tradition of feeding local families who may otherwise go without a Thanksgiving meal.

After 21 years, the organization's mission remains the same: deliver savory and fresh meals to hundreds of families on the First Coast.

Gertie Kendrick, 84, has received the fresh meals for the last four years.

"Oh, honey I am blessed. I am blessed. Thank you Jesus," said Kendrick.

She says every year, she gets a warm greeting and a warm meal. She along with 500 other families get the delivery each and every Thanksgiving morning.

"They bring it to you warm. Oh honey, that's a blessing that really is," said Kendrick.

Kendrick loves the portion sizes and the fresh turkey, stuffing and vegetables that are hand-delivered to her door.

"Meals on Wheels has really saved me a whole lot. It is delicious. It is delicious," said Kendrick.

The delivery is courtesy of dozens of volunteers and the 21-year partnership between Saint Vincent's Hospital and Aging True Community Senior Services.Volunteers prepare hot traditional Thanksgiving meals that includes 125 pounds of mashed potatoes and 150 pounds of turkey.

AJ Jordan is one of dozens of volunteers who spent Thanksgiving morning traveling around the First Coast. He's been delivering for five years.

"You see joy, happiness and they know that the community cares about them. They are very thankful," said Jordan.

After the bags are sorted, the cab drivers pour in. This year 50 cab drivers showed up to deliver. You can count on these taxi drivers to return next year for year number 22. And, Kendrick will be just as excited.

"Thank you to the whole staff. As the lord says, Ho hee for love. A lot of love for everyone. Bless you."