An Elks National Freedom Foundation grant and donations from Hyannis Elk Lodge 1549 members and local businesses filled holiday meal baskets for 60 local veterans this Thanksgiving.
Over the years, the members of the Hyannis Elks Lodge have taken the program from turkeys only to complete meal baskets in response to the need of local veterans.
With the support of Market Basket, Centerville Pie and the Casual Gourmet, the baskets were filled with a turkey, fresh potatoes from J&E Fruit and Produce, stuffing, gravy, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls and a pie.
Hyannis Elks worked with Ed Merigan of Hyannis Veteran Services to determine the need and organize this year's distribution. "It was wonderful to meet all of our veterans and know that they would have a great Thanksgiving meal this year," said Jeff Deitke, Veterans Chairperson at the Hyannis Elks Lodge.
The Hyannis Elks Lodge is at 852 Bearses Way in Hyannis. The Hyannis Lodge was chartered in 1929. Since that time, the organization has supported the Cape Cod community through various programs and activities.