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Meal-packaging Event for Orlando Homeless at USTA Florida Annual Meeting & Celebration

November 29, 2011 10:46 AM
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The United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida) Annual Meeting and Tennis Celebration Weekend awards the top tennis volunteers in the state of Florida each year, but this year in Orlando the focus will also be on helping the less fortunate.
 
More than 100 guests will participate in a Meals of Hope activity on the evening of Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort, packaging up to 40,000 meals for the homeless in the Orlando area.
 
"USTA Florida is excited about participating in this wonderful activity during our annual meeting," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "Having been part of two Meals of Hope events in the past, I am certain that our volunteers and staff will enjoy the ‘fun’ of the event, but more importantly take away that warm feeling of knowing that they have done something impactful for families in need."
 
Meals of Hope is a non-profit organization with offices in cities across the U.S., with the goal of packaging and distributing fortified meals to those in need. 
 
"We pack two different meals," says Meals of Hope organizer Stephen Popper of the Southwest Florida chapter. "The first is a fortified Beans and Rice Casserole, made with added soy protein, vegetables, and 21 different vitamins and minerals. The second meal we package is a fortified Macaroni and Cheese meal. Our first packaging event was in August 2007."
 
Across the U.S., Meals of Hope has packaged and served more than 12,500,000 meals to date.
 
"Although we have sent literally millions of meals overseas, our goal is to keep the food local, and feed people within our own community who are in need of assistance," Popper says.
 
The 62nd Annual USTA Florida Annual Meeting and Tennis Celebration Weekend in Orlando awards the top volunteers involved in growing tennis at the grassroots level in Florida. The USTA Florida Board of Directors and various committees meet during the weekend on Dec. 1-4, while approximately 400 USTA Florida volunteers enjoy activities such as national speakers, the annual awards, the "Future Forecast" for recreational tennis, tennis play events, a game night including Bingo and Texas Hold 'Em, the "Breakfast with the Stars" and more.
 
For more information contact Linda Curtis at CurtisL@florida.usta.com.
 
 

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