Washington Nationals Philanthropies and BetMGM Partner for Biggest Thanksgiving Meal Distribution Yet

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BetMGM @BETMGM Nov 21, 2023, 10:15 AM

Turkeypalooza presented by BetMGM will distribute 3,600 Thanksgiving meals and winter gear at four locations across the region

Washington Nationals Philanthropies, the official charitable arm of the Washington Nationals, will hold its biggest Thanksgiving food distribution to date with 900 turkeys to be given out during Turkeypalooza presented by BetMGM from Monday, Nov. 20 through Wednesday, Nov. 22. Now in its second year partnering with BetMGM, the annual event will once again serve more families than ever before, supporting residents in need across four area locations.

In its sixth year, Turkeypalooza has continued to grow, providing families with a turkey as well as a bag of additional food, including shelf-stable items and fresh produce, to help local residents complete their Thanksgiving meals. This year’s distribution will deliver more than 3,600 complete meals into communities where food access is already a challenge.

In addition, winter gear will also be distributed with the meals this year, helping provide families with hats and gloves as the weather gets colder.

“Nationals Philanthropies tackles food insecurity year-round by providing education and supporting improved access to healthy food in Washington, D.C. communities with the greatest need. Disparity in food access is a key driver of hunger in the region, and the strain on access is heightened during the holiday season. Thanks to our continued partnership with BetMGM, we can expand our Thanksgiving meal distribution to help thousands of residents celebrate the holiday with a full meal.”

Tal Alter - Chief Executive Officer of Washington Nationals Philanthropies

Turkeypalooza presented by BetMGM locations have been selected based on the needs of residents. In addition to its traditional location focused on serving Nationals Youth Baseball Academy families at the Academy campus, food distribution sites will be open to the public at the BetMGM Sportsbook at Nationals Park on Monday, Nov. 20; the Ferebee-Hope Recreation Center near Scherzer Field on Tuesday, Nov. 21; and the Oakcrest Community Center in District Heights, Md., on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Each location will offer walk-up and/or drive-through distribution starting at 3:00 PM.

“BetMGM remains committed to investing in the communities where our employees and customers live and work. As the official sportsbook of the Washington Nationals, BetMGM partnered with Nationals Philanthropies last year to expand the foundation’s efforts and open Turkeypalooza to the larger public for the first time. We are proud to continue this important relationship to once again support families in need this holiday season."

Adam Greenblatt - Chief Executive Officer at BetMGM

Its annual Turkeypalooza Thanksgiving food distribution is one of many ways that Nationals Philanthropies has addressed food access in the region in the past several years. In addition to providing nutritious meals to program participants, the Academy operates the only year-round farmers market in Ward 7, providing community members with shares of fresh produce at a steeply discounted rate. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nationals Philanthropies established the NATS4GOOD Community Response Fund, which dispersed charitable grants to community partners delivering essential food access, health and human services. To date, the foundation has supported the distribution of over a million meals into the community.

Fans interested in supporting Nationals Philanthropies are encouraged to visit nats4good.org to learn more about its programs, impact, and upcoming campaign for Giving Tuesday.

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