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Disney Shares Holiday Cheer at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

Kathleen Prihoda

by , Manager, Communications & Public Affairs

Like many of you, Disney chefs are in full-on prep mode for Thanksgiving. Chef Leonard Thomson, Chef de Cuisine with Epcot Catering, is already at work in his kitchen to make sure this Thanksgiving is a memorable one for approximately 700 people who will spend it at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Disney VoluntEARS prepare and serve nearly 750 meals a month at the Coalition and enjoy making the holiday servings extra special.

Disney VoluntEARS Serve Meals at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

Today, Chef Thomson and team begin pulling together a culinary cornucopia that includes roasted turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, braised beef tips, four-cheese baked pasta, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, salad greens, rolls and desserts such as pumpkin cheesecake. Two days worth of care and effort will go into the Thanksgiving feast before it is ready to serve on Thursday evening.

Donations of Disney-chef prepared meals is just one of many ways that Walt Disney World Resort supports the Coalition, which provides food and shelter to nearly 650 people a night. Many of them are families with children.

Disney VoluntEARS Serve Meals at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

As I think about what I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving, the day-to-day work of the Coalition comes to mind. They are much more than a shelter; they help homeless individuals and families get back on track to self-sufficiency. Every day the Coalition makes lives more magical by giving a helping hand to those in need. It warms my heart to see Disney support this very worthy cause.


  • The staff and clients at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida are so very grateful for the support of Walt Disney World. You support our mission in so many ways throughout the year, both as an organization and as individual voluntEARS, that we could never thank you enough. When your chefs are onsite for the regular Disney meal service,the delicious aroma is unmistakeable!

    Please know that we couldn’t do what we do to help homeless men, women and children become self-sufficient without our wonderful community partners like Walt Disney World. Have a wonderful holiday!

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