UAC Gives Help and Hope to Families

November 21, 2011

For the 28th consecutive year, with the help of many generous donors and volunteers, the Coalition provided Thanksgiving meals to needy families as part of its Annual Thanksgiving Basket Program. "We know we can't feed the entire city, but 6,000 men, women, and children will enjoy a nutritious Thanksgiving meal this season," said Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President of UAC.

Longtime partner, Brown's Family ShopRite and its nonprofit arm, UpLift Solutions, donated all the fixings in conjunction with sponsors Pepsi Bottling Group, Glory Foods, and Wells Fargo. For many, giving of personal time is as valuable as financial giving. Over the weekend, 50 volunteers worked hard to assemble the baskets at ShopRite. On Monday November 21st, at a press conference, the baskets were distributed to 75 community-based agencies who will ensure the meals get in the hands of those who need them the most.

Top donors to the Thanksgiving Basket Program included UAC board members Brian Edmonds of Concordis Real Estate Advisors and Alan Lindy of Lindy Property Management; as well as the Lenfest Group. Over $2,000 was raised from individuals at the 42nd Anniversary Breakfast and UAC staff donated as well. 

Volunteers represented the following organizations and corporations: Wells Fargo; Mastery Charter School; Invazion of the Queenz Motorcycle Club; Penn State; Resources for Human Development; Temple University; and Coalition staff. Volunteers helping to distribute the baskets included individuals from One Day At A Time (ODAAT), an agency that provides services for those afflicted by addiction or HIV/AIDS; Recovery King Sanctuary of God; Philadelphia and Youth Advocates Program-Goal 500.