Thanksgiving food drive under way

Subway is organizing a “Give Back” food drive to assist those less fortunate in the community to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The fast-food establishment is asking members of the public to donate canned goods or non-perishable items to the food drive before Nov. 30.

There will be bins at all Subway locations on Grand Cayman.

For those who want to make a monetary donation, Subway is requesting individuals make that donation directly to the organization that they would like to support.

The items collected will be split between Meals on Wheels and Feed our Future and added to the food baskets those charities will be delivering to the needy.

“During this time of the year, when people are gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving, there are many people in our community who are less fortunate and not able to provide for themselves and their families,” said Subway owner Troy Burke. “Given the struggles that many are facing, Subway wanted to do something to 
give back.

Beulah McField, executive director of Meals on Wheels, said she was thankful of Subway’s support.

“The majority of food items we collect will not be used in the Meals and Wheels kitchen but will go directly into the homes of seniors and those persons who are struggling that we tend to help along the way,” she said.

Besides the food baskets, Meals on Wheels will also be providing a Thanksgiving meal for clients. Ms. McField explained that the infirm, people with terminal cancer and those who have other debilitating diseases who are unable to work and prepare meals for themselves, will also benefit from the food drive.

“To be able to get some food into their homes for them to use is thankful, especially during the holiday season.

“The holiday season can be hard on some seniors and disabled persons, in that it is just a time when everyone is busy with their own lives,” she said.

About 160 people benefit from the Meals on Wheels program, and 120 of those will be provided with items from the food drive. “So please give generously,” Ms McField said.

“We are very grateful to Subway for initiating this ‘Give Back’ food drive in support of the most vulnerable in our community – our children and elderly,” said Stacey VanDevelde from Feed Our Future. “This Thanksgiving drive presents the community and our supporters with another way to share food items and meals with needy families, thereby making a positive impact on their lives and well being.”
This is the first year that Subway has launched its food drive initiative, which will evolve into a toy drive from Dec. 1-20.

“It is so that we can bring a smile to as many children as possible this Christmas season,” said Mr. Burke.