Operation Turkey, led by former NFL and University of Miami player Bryant McKinnie, was full on Thursday, providing hot meals to those in need.
The McKinnie’s B major Foundation, along with community partners and more than 50 volunteers, packed and delivered over 2,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day to community residents near the Joseph Caleb Center in Miami and to those who attended the distribution of meals at the wheel.
It’s the 22sd year in a row, Operation Turkey has worked to ensure that the homeless and less fortunate receive a hot meal on Thanksgiving Day.
“Thanksgiving is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the blessings we have received over the past year. In these difficult times, so many people here in our community will be faced with an empty table on Thanksgiving Day, ”said McKinnie, who played a season for his hometown of Miami Dolphins in 2013 before retiring.
“But thanks to so many wonderful people, community leaders and organizations, these families who struggled so much during these troubled days will be able to enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving with their family and friends.”
McKinnie also teamed up with Miami-Dade Corrections for Thursday’s food giveaway.
“Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation is dedicated to serving our community, and we are honored to partner with Operation Turkey to help our neighbors have a very Happy Thanksgiving,” said Daniel Junior, Director of Corrections and Miami-Dade Rehabilitation Center.
“Operation Turkey is honored to be part of a growing community of volunteers helping the homeless and less fortunate,” said Brian Tolbert, Executive Director and President of Operation Turkey. “Each year we grow and this year we plan to provide 45,000 meals across the country on Thanksgiving Day. To put that in perspective, that’s over 50,000 pounds of turkey, 20,000 pounds of stuffing, and 25,000 pounds of pumpkin pie.