AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – National organization serving soldiers free holiday meal.
Operation Home Front volunteers will be distributing holiday meals to military families on Monday, Dec. 5th.
The annual Holiday Meals for Military program is made possible through the helps of sponsors including Walmart, Beam Suntory, Thirty-One, P&G, SAS, Navy Federal Credit Union, Ocean Spray and Boston Beer.
Each meal kit will include non-perishables as well as coupons redeemable for those perishable groceries necessary for a full holiday meal.
The Holiday Meals for Military program began Thanksgiving 2009 as the result of a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum.
A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they could not afford, so a Beam Inc. employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries.
Since that time, the program has grown from initially providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 10,000 this holiday season.
That will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Family Y at 2215 Tobacco Road in Augusta.