We are looking forward to another amazing season for our Holiday Meals for Military program. Last year, thanks to our generous donors, we served nearly 10,000 families with everything they needed for a spectacular holiday meal. Since we began our holiday programs in 2008, we have served nearly 90,000 military families, impacting over 420,000 family members.
Check back in early October 2019 for our 2019 Holiday Meals for Military event schedule. In the meantime, see pictures from our Holiday Meals for Military, Holiday Toy Drive and other events around the country!
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 2010-2018, the program has grown every year. 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, and vegetables.
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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