DynCorp International is an annual supporter of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) Turkeys for Troops program. The program helps feed local, junior-enlisted military families by providing them with holiday meal baskets. Each basket contains holiday meal ingredients including canned goods, stuffing and pie mixes. Each also includes a gift card for a fresh turkey or ham and will feed a family of up to six members.
The program began in 2008 when it gave baskets to approximately 500 families in response to an increase in emergency food requests. This year, the USO-Metro hopes to provide more than 1,200 baskets. The program is made possible through generous donations from corporate partners such as DI, and funds raised during an annual telethon held on Veteran’s Day.
Along with a corporate donation, DI team members volunteer to operate phone banks and collect donations during the USO-Metro Turkeys for Troops telethon. This year’s telethon raised more than $100,000.
DI volunteers also help assemble the more than 1,200 food baskets at the USO warehouse at Fort Belvoir to prepare them for delivery to local military families.
USO-Metro is the largest center chartered by USO. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, they are dedicated to “Serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. USO-Metro operates in 10 locations and utilizes a mobile truck. For more information about USO-Metro, visit http://us.uso.org/WashingtonBaltimore/ or interact with them via Facebook or Twitter.