Volunteers and associates from St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville, part of Ascension Florida, prepared 700 warm Thanksgiving meals for local families in need. This was the 25th year St. Vincent’s has prepared the meals.

“We are thrilled to continue this Thanksgiving Day tradition which helps hundreds of families in our community,” said Tom VanOsdol, Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare, and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Florida. “We couldn’t do it without the amazing support we receive from our associates and community partners who so generously offer their time and talents to help others.”

St. Vincent’s Clay County created 200 meals for residents in need in Clay County and St. Vincent’s Riverside prepared 500 meals primarily for Jacksonville-area Meals on Wheels clients using. Together, they used:

  • 250 pounds of turkey
  • 175 pounds of green beans
  • 175 pounds of mashed potatoes
  • 175 pounds of stuffing
  • 90 pounds of cranberries

Aging True Community Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels program serves more than 900 seniors every weekday, except holidays.

“Without the generosity of St. Vincent’s HealthCare and (ride-sharing service) zTrip many of our seniors would not have a hot, nutritious meal on Thanksgiving. Aging True is extremely grateful for the gift of time and resources that St. Vincent’s, zTrip, and the host of volunteer groups that are able to provide us during the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Teresa K. Barton, Aging True’s CEO. "This year is a milestone, marking the 25th year of partnership with these wonderful organizations. This partnership has provided thousands of meals to our homebound seniors. The work of this group continues to be an example of the selfless and caring spirit of our community – something for which we can truly give thanks!”

St. Vincent’s Clay County worked with the Clay County Council on Aging, a local Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp group and various community members to prepare, package and deliver its portion of meals to families in need.