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St. Vincent's Creating Nearly 600 Thanksgiving Meals for Families in Need

Published Monday, November 23, 2015 12:00 pm



Associates at St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, will prepare nearly 600 warm Thanksgiving meals for Northeast Florida families in need. This will be the 22nd year in which St. Vincent’s Riverside has prepared meals and it will be St. Vincent’s Clay County’s second year.


“We are fortunate to be able to live out our Mission to care for those who are struggling the most in ways that extend beyond healthcare,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare President & CEO, Mike Schatzlein, M.D. “I am so thankful to all of our associates who volunteer before and on Thanksgiving Day to provide these meals to our neighbors. This important work creates an opportunity for conversations and connections that might not otherwise occur.”


St. Vincent’s Riverside will create 500 of the meals for Meals on Wheels clients using:

  • 200 lbs. of turkey
  • 150 lbs. of green beans
  • 150 lbs. of mashed potatoes
  • 150 lbs. of stuffing
  • 150 lbs. of cranberries 

“We are excited to once again partner with St. Vincent’s Riverside and North Florida Transportation in what has become a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition,” said Aging True CEO, Teresa K. Barton. “The meals these volunteers make and deliver always make our clients so happy.”


In addition to the work in Jacksonville, St. Vincent’s Clay County will work with the Clay County Council on Aging, a local NJROTC group and various community members to prepare and deliver approximately 70 meals to families in need.


Members of the media are invited to join us in Riverside at 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day as dozens of taxi drivers line Shircliff Way (a new location this year) to fill their cars with holiday meals. The drivers donate their time and gasoline to make sure the meals get to their destination.


Members of the media who wish to ride along with cab drivers or meet with Aging True’s Meals on Wheels clients should contact Tourea Robinson at 904-807-1320.


To learn more about St. Vincent’s HealthCare, visit



About St. Vincent’s HealthCare

St. Vincent’s HealthCare includes: St. Vincent’s Riverside, St. Vincent’s Southside, St. Vincent’s Clay County, St. Catherine Labouré Manor, St. Vincent’s Primary Care, Consolidated Laboratories, St. Vincent’s Ambulance Service, Seton Pharmacies and Consolidated Pharmacies. St. Vincent’s Medical Center was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1916 to provide health services to the sick and the poor of North Florida. St. Luke’s Hospital, now St. Vincent’s Southside was founded in 1873 by three women who saw the need for medical care in the community. It stands as Florida’s oldest private hospital. St. Vincent’s HealthCare is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system, with approximately 150,000 associates serving in 129 acute care hospitals.


About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.


About Aging True Community Senior Services

Aging True Community Senior Services’ mission is to provide essential and innovative resources for individuals, families and communities to prepare for and support graceful aging.  Aging True has served North Florida seniors and their families for over 50 years.  Our programs and services focus on nutrition, affordable housing, in-home services including personal care and housekeeping as well as an ACHC accredited and Medicare certified Home Health Agency. Believing that capacity is enhanced through collaboration, Aging True participates in a network of corporate, civic and community partnerships and is honored to work with over 600 dedicated volunteers.  To learn more about Aging True please visit




Kyle Sieg

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