MEDIA ALERT: Thanksgiving Day at Metropolitan Ministries
METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES WILL FEED 6,000 PEOPLE ON THANKSGIVING DAY
Bay area homeless community will enjoy traditional Thanksgiving meal
WHAT: Thanksgiving Day at Metropolitan Ministries
After providing 5,100 families in their holiday tents and via partner sites with food ‘Boxes of Hope’ for Thanksgiving (600 still coming on Tuesday and 300 on Wednesday), Metropolitan Ministries will once again open its doors to the community offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal, fellowship and hope. Homeless families and individuals and those in need can come to Metropolitan Ministries’ main campus for a meal and worship service to celebrate Thanksgiving.
“Thanks to a community that has united and rallied around us, there are many people in Tampa Bay who’s Thanksgiving will be just a little brighter because of the simple fact that they receive a meal and somebody cares about them,” said Metropolitan Ministries President and CEO Tim Marks. “Our donors, partners and volunteers have come through for us in a big way this year. It truly has been a team effort.”
WHEN: November 24, 2016
10am -10:30am - Worship service in the Chapel of Hope
11am - 1pm - Community meal will be served in the Vinik Family Activity Center
WHERE: Metropolitan Ministries Main Campus
2301 N. Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
(NOTE: Service and meal are NOT taking place at Holiday Tent)
ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS: Those who are unable to attend the community brunch on the campus in Tampa will have plenty of other opportunities to receive a traditional holiday meal, with all of the sides and dessert, throughout Thanksgiving Day. There are 14 partnership meal sites in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco County (listed in separate attachment and at www.metromin.org).
STATS: Metropolitan Ministries’ kitchen staff has been preparing all week for Thursday and will fire up the ovens before the sun comes up Thanksgiving morning. When those ovens have finished cooking, meals will be ready for 6,000 people.
HERE’S WHAT’S COOKING THE KITCHEN!
· 1,500 lbs. of turkey
· 1,200 lbs. of stuffing
· 1,200 lbs. of mashed potatoes
· 80 gallons of gravy
· 1,300 lbs. of vegetables
· 1000 pies
# OF MEALS SERVED ON THANKSGIVING DAY
· Partner Sites 4,450
· Campus Meal 250
· Pasco 500
· Pinellas 450
· Metro Residents 350
· TOTAL: 6,000
# OF MEALS FOR THANKSGIVING SEASON (October-November)
(this includes all food boxes and hot meals given through our outreach centers, partner sites, campus residents and the holiday tents)