WATERLOO, IA (November 24, 2015) — Veridian Credit Union joined United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 838 to host the Annual Mike and Leona Adams Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, November 23. Volunteers prepared a traditional Thanksgiving feast at the UAW Local 838 Union Hall for 700 people. The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging delivered an additional 350 dinners to its current Meals On Wheels recipients. In total, the event served a free meal to 1,050 people this year, an increase from the 915 meals served last year.
The event is named for former Veridian board member Mike Adams and his wife, Leona. The couple built a partnership between the credit union and the local UAW to offer the first free Thanksgiving dinner in 1982, when many Iowans were impacted by tough economic times.
“Mike and Leona Adams set an example for all of us to follow. They saw a need in their community and formed partnerships to fill it,” said Veridian CEO Monte Berg. “It’s Veridian’s honor and commitment to continue that legacy.”