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DETROIT (WJBK)

The Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) will deliver 6,000 Holiday Meals on Wheels this Thanksgiving with help from a $30,000 donation and 400 volunteers from Ford Motor Company, and 800 more volunteers from the community.

DAAA's Holiday Meals on Wheels program provides a holiday meal to homebound seniors in Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, Hamtramck and Highland Park.  

"Thanksgiving is America's most-cherished meal and we want to make sure our seniors have the opportunity to enjoy this culinary tradition," said Paul Bridgewater, DAAA President and CEO. "Ford Motor Company's generous donation will help us to be able to deliver fresh, hot meals to 6,000 seniors on Thanksgiving Day.  It is not only a donation to DAAA, but a gift to our entire community."

The meals are prepared by Valley Services, a national food services company, in their USDA-certified kitchen at 1980 Bagley Street in Detroit.  Valley Services has been a partner with DAAA for more than 10 years.  The Holiday Meal on Wheels will be prepared fresh the morning of Thanksgiving and will include turkey breast, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, a whole wheat bun, cranberry sauce and apple pie.

Volunteers and workers assist DAAA and Valley Services on Wednesday, November 21, 8 a.m. to noon and Thursday, November 22, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m., to prepare and package the meals.  The meals are then delivered to seven locations across Metro Detroit where the volunteers help distribute Thanksgiving dinner to 6,000 seniors' doors.

"It is always impressive how DAAA is able to prepare and deliver such a large number of high-quality meals on Thanksgiving year after year," said Pamela Alexander, Ford Motor Company Director of Community Development. "It's a pleasure and an honor to support this need and tradition for seniors in our community."

DAAA Holiday Meals on Wheels program also includes a Christmas meal. This year's Christmas meal is supported by DTE Foundation, which is providing a $30,000 donation and 700 volunteers for the program.  More details regarding this meal will be announced closer to Christmas.

For more information on the Detroit Area Agency on Aging check out: www.daaa1a.org

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