St. Vincent’s Prepares Thanksgiving Meals for Local Families
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Posted by: DCMS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kyle Sieg
St. Vincent’s Creating Hundreds of Thanksgiving Meals for Local Families
Jacksonville, FL (November 17, 2016) – Associates of St. Vincent’s HealthCare, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, will prepare nearly 700 Thanksgiving meals for local families in need. This will be the 23rd year St. Vincent’s HealthCare has prepared the meals.
“Our Mission calls us to serve everyone in our community, particularly those who are struggling the most, and we wholeheartedly believe this calling extends beyond healthcare,” said System Chief Operating Officer Tom VanOsdol. “Our community partners and our own associates rally around this tradition by volunteering on Thanksgiving Day, and we couldn’t provide these warm meals to our neighbors without their help.”
St. Vincent’s Clay County will create 170 meals for Clay County residents in need and St. Vincent’s Riverside will create 500 of the meals for Jacksonville-area Meals on Wheels clients using:
· 210 lbs. of turkey
· 150 lbs. of green beans
· 150 lbs. of sweet mashed potatoes
· 150 lbs. of stuffing
· 80 lbs. of cranberries
“For our clients, this annual tradition means more than just a good, warm meal. It also creates opportunities for connection and conversation that wouldn’t otherwise happen,” said Teresa Barton, CEO of Aging True. “We remain thankful for this partnership with St. Vincent’s and Checker Cab.”
St. Vincent’s Clay County is working with the Clay County Council on Aging, a local NJRTOC group and various community members to prepare and deliver approximately 170 meals to families in need.
Members of the media are invited to join us in Riverside at 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day as dozens of taxi drivers line Shircliff Way to fill their cars with holiday meals. The drivers donate their time and gasoline to make sure the meals get to their destination.
Members of the media who wish to ride along with cab drivers or meet with Aging True’s Meals on Wheels clients should Contact Tourea Robinson at 904-807-1320.
To learn more about St. Vincent’s HealthCare visit www.jaxhealth.com.