Turkeys for Troops Festival
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore established Turkeys for Troops in 2008 to assist lower enlisted military families (E1 - E6) due to an increase in emergency food requests during the holiday season. Turkeys for Troops is a program that provides military families with traditional ingredients needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for a family of 4-6, including a gift card to purchase a fresh turkey from a local food store. (Note: Due to food safety handling regulations, the holiday meal baskets DO NOT include a turkey. A gift card to a local food store is given to purchase a fresh turkey instead.)
Since its start in 2008 the program has expanded from serving 500 families in 2008 to more than 1200 military families in 2013-2014. This program is made possible through generous donations from our corporate partners and funds raised during an annual telethon held on Veteran’s Day.
In 2016 we brought Turkeys for Troops to service members in a new way. We distributed meal boxes at two locations in a fun, festival environment filled with booths, games, refreshments, activities and prizes! In order to receive your meal box registered participants must be present at the event.
Thank you to our 2016 Turkeys for Troops Festival sponsors Booz Allen Hamilton, Citrix, EY, Leidos, and the Tegna Foundation & WUSA9 Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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