Veridian Credit Union, UAW retirees prepare to serve 1,000 free Thanksgiving meals in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (November 11, 2019): The annual Mike and Leona Adams Thanksgiving Dinner will offer a hot meal and companionship to anyone in need on Monday, Nov. 25, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the United Auto Workers Local 838 Union Hall in Waterloo. Free transportation to and from the event will be provided by MET Paratransit for anyone living in Cedar Falls, Evansdale or Waterloo. Registrations for transportation will be accepted at veridiancu.org/thanksgiving until Sunday, Nov. 17.

The event is one of the Cedar Valley’s largest free Thanksgiving meals and is named for its late founders. In 1982, Mike and Leona Adams saw friends and neighbors struggling to make ends meet after layoffs. Mike was a member of the UAW Local 838 and a volunteer board member for what is now Veridian Credit Union. He and his wife Leona brought both organizations together to serve a free community meal, a tradition now entering its 38th year.

“Mike and Leona built a legacy of service-oriented leadership,” said Veridian President and CEO Monte Berg. “We’re grateful for their example, and it’s our honor to help carry it forward.”

Veridian Credit Union and retirees of the UAW Local 838 have continued with the annual event and are planning to provide more than 1,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals this year. Veridian employees, UAW retirees and members of the Adams family will serve plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The event has also expanded to offer other free services, including blood pressure checks from Cedar Valley Hospice and haircuts from Clip Art Corner.

Local contributors to the event include Anderson Erickson Dairy, Cedar Valley Hospice, College Square Hy-Vee, Clip Art Corner, Martin Bros. Distributing Co., Inc., Metropolitan Transit Authority of Black Hawk County, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Special Occasions Party and Event Rental, retirees of the UAW Local 838 and the Women’s Auxiliary of UAW Local 838.

Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. The credit union offers a full range of business and consumer financial services and employs more than 800 people throughout 30 branches, including 10 in the Cedar Valley. For more information, visit veridiancu.org or call (800) 235-3228.

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