Disney World Chefs donate meals to 650 people for Thanksgiving

Disney chefs Thanksgiving

Some heartwarming news of charity on Thanksgiving!

Executive Disney Chef James O’Donnell and his team have whipped up a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Lots of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing, salads, rolls, cranberry sauce and dessert.

The meal will be served at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, feeding the nearly 650 men, women and children staying at its facilities.

It’s a partnership that dates back 20 years, with Disney’s culinary teams preparing meals to feed residents at the Coalition. And despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, the team is making sure the tradition continues this year.

There’s something special about gathering around the dinner table for a warm meal made with love — especially for our homeless neighbors in need who have fallen on hard times,” said Meredith Bekemeyer, director of development for Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. “This year has been challenging for everyone, and even more so for those facing the crisis of homelessness. We’re so grateful to Disney for continuing this longstanding tradition.

In addition to the meals, Disney is also donating hundreds of to-go containers as well as $20,000 to the Coalition. The money was collected from the various fountains throughout Disney World.

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Kevin Koszola