The holiday season is not always a time of joy for all families – particularly food-insecure families, with young children. For families struggling to make ends meet, and wishing for a holiday miracle, being given the opportunity to simply pick up a holiday box filled with holiday meal fixings – and a turkey – can be the difference between a somber holiday and a merry one.
In partnership with the Food Bank of South Jersey, the Matt Blatt Mitsubishi Dealership on Delsea Drive in Glassboro, NJ, hosted a holiday meal giveaway on Wednesday, Dec. 18, warmly welcoming more than 250 families registered to pick-up festive holiday boxes fully loaded with the traditional turkey dinner staples – turkey, potatoes, stuffing and more. Matt Blatt team members, with help from Food Bank of South Jersey volunteers, ushered in car after car after car as the holiday meal pick-up event wrapped around the dealership lot creating a parade of holiday cheer, with smiling faces everywhere.
“It is so amazing that Matt Blatt does this for the community,” shared one young mother who, wearing a Santa hat, enthusiastically thanked the Matt Blatt team for the holiday meal box and turkey they placed in the back seat of her light blue sedan. “This meal means so much to my family – our holiday will be so much better now.”
A true company of care and compassion in the Gloucester County community, Matt Blatt is no stranger to creating holiday magic. Year after year, the Mitsubishi dealership puts the brakes on routine operations for one day during the holiday season to switch gears and focus on distributing holiday meals. Matt Blatt, serving Glassboro, Mantua, Marlton, Vineland and neighboring Philadelphia regions, is much more than an auto dealership to the community that is South Jersey. With a spirit of giving and a tradition of holiday generosity, Matt Blatt is a force of good in Gloucester County.
“We deeply appreciate the entire team at Matt Blatt for all they do to brighten the holiday season for hundreds of food-insecure residents in Gloucester County,” reports Fred Wasiak, CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “One meal can feed families of three, four, five people or more – delivering not only a holiday meal of nutrition and wellness, but also the opportunity for families to gather together, enjoy a delicious meal and make memories of comfort and cheer this holiday season.”
The message shared by the Matt Blatt team was simple: This time of year is tough for a lot of families and we want to do all we can to spread joy and help our community members.