HARTFORD – The Salvation Army will deliver 699 Thanksgiving meals to seniors in need in Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford, Bloomfield, Newington, Windsor and Wethersfield on Thanksgiving 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, Table Talk Pies, and many dedicated volunteers.
Within the Greater Hartford area, The Salvation Army operates a variety of programs that seek to serve neighbors in need of all ages, including: Marshall House's Homeless Prevention and Shelter Diversion program, Supportive Housing program, Family Shelter, Winter Overflow Shelter, and Winter Warming Center; The Right Place early learning programs; Anti-Human Trafficking Bloom Initiative; Parents Second Time Around for grandparent caregivers; Emergency Material Assistance; Holiday Meals for homebound seniors; Toy Distribution; Camp CONNRI; and more.
The Salvation Army’s Holiday Meals program has been providing nutritious meals to homebound seniors on Thanksgiving and Christmas for well over 30 years. Last Year, 2016, we were privileged to serve 835 Thanksgiving and 832 Christmas meals! As one senior told us last year, "I am so grateful for this program. Without it, I am not sure that I or other seniors like me would be able to afford a nice meal."
The mission of our Holiday Meals program again this year is to ensure that seniors, who are homebound or disabled, receive a nutritious meal and a friendly, warm visit on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is important, especially during the holidays, that people who are often isolated from family know that they are remembered and valued.
This gift goes beyond those receiving the meals and visits and is also bestowed on those delivering the meals. The volunteers and seniors have the opportunity to visit and share conversations with one another and experience the togetherness holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas should bring. Moreover, during these visits, the volunteers have the opportunity to find out if the seniors have any unmet needs with which The Salvation Army can assist.
We received hundreds of requests from seniors for this year's Holiday Meals program and we plan on serving all that we can. The Salvation Army is the only agency in the Greater Hartford Area that delivers a holiday meal to seniors on these holidays and your support allows us to continue supporting those most in need in our community!