Holiday Meals for Military 2016 is complete and it was our biggest year yet! 11,000 families received everything they needed for a spectacular holiday meal this year. In total, we have served over 175,000 military children and 57,000 family meals since we began our holiday programs in 2008.
The Holiday Meals for Military program was born from a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, New York near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife, and infant were in line with a handful of grocery items for their Thanksgiving meal. At the register, the family realized they were short money and began to remove items from their cart. A Beam Global executive was in line behind them, and he paid the $12 total for their groceries. In talking to the family, the executive learned the soldier had just returned from deployment and was having trouble providing for his family due to some unexpected expenses.
From that chance meeting, Holiday Meals for Military was born. A pilot program was launched to distribute 500 holiday meal kits to military families.
From 2010-2014, the program has grown every year. Last year, we distributed 8,500 meals in 26 locations around the country. Thanks to everyone who make the holidays special for our military families! This year, more than 12,000 families will receive Holiday Meal kits at more than 25 different active duty bases. The growth is due to the generous support of over 20 sponsors who provide funding, food items, venues, storage, shipping and valuable volunteer hours.
The holiday meal kits included everything needed for a holiday dinner, including a turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, vegetables, plus additional food for a holiday breakfast.
We invite you to support and/or Volunteer for this wonderful program which illustrates the respect and appreciation Americans hold in their hearts for the families who serve.
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