Released 3 December 2013
(Major Brian Glasco welcomes 200
Salvation Army of Greater Hartford Delivers
758 Dinners on
Volunteers provide warm greeting and hot turkey meal!
HARTFORD – Each year on Thanksgiving, The Salvation
Army of Greater Hartford offers a full turkey dinner through its Holiday Meals
Program, with all the trimmings, for homebound seniors. Thanksgiving is only
one of two days each year (Christmas being the other) that the Meals on Wheels
Program does not operate. Yet, these are the days when a hot, nutritious meal
brought by a friendly visitor is generally most appreciated. In response, The
Salvation Army of Greater Hartford has been delivering meals on Thanksgiving
and Christmas morning since 1970.
The meals are prepared and delivered from The Salvation Army’s South
End location on Washington Street. Volunteers begin arriving just before 8:00.
As always, there are many familiar faces showing up and checking in for duty.
Some have even been volunteering for over 20 years! Many parents bring along
their college-age children, who are home for the holidays. Some of these same
students started "delivering" holiday meals when they were just in grade
school, but they come back year after year because... it’s the right
thing to do!
(Greater Hartford Advisory Board Members,
ready to lend a hand.)
Volunteers are then split into two groups - the servers and the deliverers.
There are always a few new faces in the crowd, but for the most part there is
very little retraining needed. The servers work their food stations and add
their lot to each plate. When each meal is complete, it is wrapped in foil, put
in a bag, and given to the servers who are ready to hit the streets of Hartford
and some of its surrounding towns.
Over the years, the Holiday Meals Program has steadily grown and now serves
more than 750 seniors on both Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings.
Approximately 200 volunteers and Salvation Army staff help to prepare and
deliver each meal, as well as provide a friendly visit to each senior. The
well-balanced meals are delivered hot and are low in fat and sodium, meeting
the dietary restrictions often placed upon the seniors. A beverage and a
dessert are also included. With many seniors fed and plans underway for
Christmas morning, the program is made possible through the generosity of
donors and the volunteers - people like you!