The Louis Jackson Thanksgiving Day Project

Pictured: Some of the volunteers who help get meals from Summerwood Corporation in Conshohocken to residents of Southwest Philadelphia on Thanksgiving morning. More volunteers are in Southwest to help distribute the meals.
Pictured: Some of the volunteers who help get meals from Summerwood Corporation in Conshohocken to residents of Southwest Philadelphia on Thanksgiving morning. More volunteers are in Southwest to help distribute the meals.

The Rotary Club of Southwest Philadelphia-Eastwick and Summerwood Corporation prepared and distributed 150 meals to older residents throughout the community on Thanksgiving morning.  They were helped by members of other Rotary Clubs, as well as friends of the club.  

The Louis Jackson Thanksgiving Day project started nearly 30 years ago when Jackson owned a KFC franchise on Island Avenue.  25 hot meals were delivered.  The project grew to 325 hot meals in 2019. The pandemic changed the project to reduce the number of meals. 

The Rotary Club is made up of members of the community and the mission is to serve the community by doing community service projects.  

Summerwood Corporation has been donating the food since Jackson sold the franchise and went to work for Summerwood, about 20 years ago, to be a trainer. Summerwood owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut stores in Philadelphia and the suburbs.  

The Rotary Club thanks all of the volunteers who help make the project a success each year.

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