13th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery; More Than Just Meals

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On November 28th, 2013, Thanksgiving morning, Branches will be delivering over 6,000 hot meals to needy individuals and families in less than four hours with the help from over 1,500 volunteers, making this one of the largest Thanksgiving Meal Delivery programs in the country.

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Smiling volunteers package hot, delicious meals on Thanksgiving Day!

On November 28th, 2013, Thanksgiving morning, Branches will be delivering over 6,000 hot meals to needy individuals and families in less than four hours. This is the largest meal delivery effort in Florida on Thanksgiving Day. Over 1,500 volunteers will be working hard on Thanksgiving morning by putting together very special individual meals via assembly lines and passing them off to volunteer drivers who will deliver them. Each meal includes turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, a roll with butter and of course a piece of pie. However, Branches’ Thanksgiving program is about much more than just a hot meal; all meals include a Meal Insert, which provides clients with valuable information about community resources and programs in English, Spanish and Creole.

Branches is excited to be celebrating its 13th Thanksgiving Anniversary and will be providing and delivering meals from 8 sites throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County this year. Branches is partnering with several United Methodist congregations as well as Temple Israel to make this Thanksgiving miracle possible. The cooking preparations begin a few days prior which include the seasoning of turkeys and prepping of all the vegetables, trimmings and dessert. Many volunteer chefs and cooks will spend countless hours getting ready for the big day to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch.

A huge thank you goes out to our premiere Thanksgiving Meal Delivery sponsors:

Carnival Foundation

Regions Bank
Brown Mackie College Miami
Molina Healthcare

Publix Charities
United Way of Miami-Dade
City Furniture
Goya Foods of Florida

Branches is still in need of food donations and sponsorships for our annual Thanksgiving drive in order to provide as many meals and resources as possible on Thanksgiving Day.

To make a gift, become a sponsor, volunteer or organize a food drive, please visit http://www.branchesfl.org and click on EVENTS/THANKSGIVING or DONATE.

About Branches
For 40 years, Branches (formerly South Florida Urban Ministries) has made a positive impact in the community by delivering on its mission to serve, educate and inspire people through student, family and financial stability services. Branches provides long-term, holistic services for motivated individuals and families. We help people grow deeper and climb higher in life by building a foundation through education so they can achieve their goals and fulfill their potential. For additional information about Branches, please call 305.442.8306 or visit http://www.branchesfl.org.

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