HARTFORD – The Salvation Army will deliver 840 Christmas meals to seniors in need in Hartford, East Hartford, Bloomfield, Newington, Manchester, Windsor and Wethersfield on Christmas Day. Volunteers will arrive at 9:00 am at The Salvation Army located at 855 Asylum Avenue in Hartford and begin food preparation. Meal deliveries will begin at 10:00 am and run through 12:00 Noon. This program has been made possible by The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Farm House Catering, Walmart, and many dedicated volunteers.
The Salvation Army’s Holiday Meals program has been providing nutritious meals to home bound seniors on Thanksgiving and Christmas for nearly 50 years. The mission of our Holiday Meals program is to ensure that seniors, who are homebound or disabled, receive a nutritious meal and a friendly, warm visit on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It is important, especially during the holidays, that people who are often isolated from family know that they are remembered.
This Holiday Meal Program is more than a nutritious meal for a senior; volunteers who deliver the meals also benefit from a gesture so simple as delivering a meal. The volunteers and seniors have the opportunity to visit and share conversations with one another on a day when some may be alone. Moreover, during these visits, the volunteers have the opportunity to find out if the seniors have unmet needs which The Salvation Army may be able to assist with.
Within the Greater Hartford area, The Salvation Army operates a variety of programs that seek to serve people in need of all ages, including: Marshall House's Homeless Prevention and Shelter Diversion program, Family Shelter, Winter Warming Center; the Greater Hartford Rapid Rehousing program; The Right Place Early Learning Center; Parents Second Time Around for grandparent caregivers; Emergency Material Assistance; Holiday Meals for homebound seniors; Toy Distribution; and Community & Worship Centers in Hartford's North and South-End neighborhoods.