Seniors Received Festive Thanksgiving Meal Thanks to the Older Alaskans Program

Jan 11, 2021 | by Lessa Peter

This past Thanksgiving Day, volunteers and staff of The Salvation Army’s Older Alaskans Program, prepared and distributed 500 meals to seniors and individuals in need of a Thanksgiving Day meal. Meals were delivered in a contactless manner to senior participants of The Salvation Army’s Older Alaskans Program, McKinnell House Family Shelter residents and homeless individuals quarantined with the city.

On Thanksgiving Day starting at 7:00 AM, about 30 volunteers prepped meals for delivery and 120 volunteers transported meals to delivery drivers who dropped-off meals to the homes of those who had signed up to receive a meal. The Thanksgiving meals provided consisted of traditional fixings such as turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce, pie and a roll. Over 30 turkeys, amounting to about 500 pounds of meat, were cooked by the kitchen staff for the special day.

In order to deliver the Thanksgiving Day meals as safely as possible, volunteer delivery drivers left meals at the doors of the recipients and called them to let them know their meal was at the door.

“The Salvation Army is pleased to be able to deliver Thanksgiving meals to those seniors who need it most, as well as offer a smile and say Happy Thanksgiving,” said Major John Brackenbury, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Alaska. “The Older Alaskans Program and events like Thanksgiving Day meal delivery are made possible through the generous support of local community volunteers and donors. We are grateful to all those who come alongside us to help make the holidays a little brighter for everyone.”

To learn more about The Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program, please visit To sign-up to help volunteer with The Salvation Army, go to or call our Anchorage volunteer coordinator at (907) 339-3427.


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