The United Way of Central Maryland ensured that 100 Carroll County families will have a hearty Thanksgiving meal next week.
Volunteers on Friday distributed 100 Thanksgiving meals, including a 14-pound turkey and a variety of side dishes, outside of the Portico of St. John's Catholic Church in Westminster.
"This food drive will help 100 families in Carroll have a Happy Thanksgiving," said Joe Bach, a Manchester resident and board member with the United Way of Central Maryland. "It just helps families and that's what it's all about."
The United Way of Central Maryland will distribute 3,600 holiday meal boxes, including 100 in Carroll County, as part of the 21st annual Harvest of Plenty program this year.
This is the fourth year that the program has included Carroll County families.
In each of the four years, 100 local families have received a meal box, according to Ann Thomas, an adult services case worker with the Carroll County Department of Social Services.
To receive a meal box, families registered for the program by calling the United Way of Central Maryland's 2-1-1 health and human service hotline.
Families were also recommended for the program by social services and Head Start, Thomas said.
Boxes include traditional Thanksgiving meal items, such as a 14-pound turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, collard greens, sweet potatoes, applesauce, corn, and cranberry sauce, enough to feed a family of six.
Last year, a total 3,000 meal boxes were distributed to families in the region through the Harvest of Plenty program.
Funding for the meal boxes came from donations to the United Way of Central Maryland's Harvest of Plenty program and a partnership with The Lardarius Webb Foundation.
Each donation of $15 purchases a holiday meal box and donations are still being accepted at www.uwcm.org/thankful.