More than a 1,000 veterans and their families in Broward county will receive a warm Thanksgiving meal this season.
“We’re able to interact with them at least to some degree and say Happy Thanksgiving [and] thank you for your service,” said Sybil Allison, Director of Mission United, United Way Broward County.
The drive-thru food distribution will be held on Wednesday, November 25th at United Way of Broward County’s Colker Center, located at 1300 S. Andrews Avenue.
“The veterans will drive up in their cars, they’ll show their proof of military service, they’ll let us know how many meals they need and the meals will be placed in the trunks of their cars, so there’s no interaction with different people. We have COVID restrictions. We have a very limited amount of volunteers who are helping us with this event,” said Sybil.
The food was donated by United Way of Broward County’s Mission United, Florida Power & Light and the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program.
“With our food relief program we reached out to United Way and wanted to know if there was a need in the communities that they serve and how we can assist. One of the things they mentioned was the Mission United program and the fact that some veterans were in need of some food, so we stepped on board,” said Leslie Nixon, Senior Director of Community Affairs with the Miami Dolphins.
All applicable participants need to pre-register online at UnitedWayBroward.org/VeteranThanksgiving.
“Once they go and register online, they can submit for how many actual individual packed meals they would like to have for their household and we’re able to provide that through the Miami Dolphins Foundation and through FPL through their sponsorship,” said Sybil.
Mission United is a program that supports US military service members, veterans and their families in Broward County. For information on the services they provide, click here.