Two local businesses are again teaming up to provide hot meals to residents in Jackson and Jennings counties on Christmas Day.

This marks the fifth year for the community project, spearheaded by The Brooklyn Pizza Co. owner Shawn Malone and Bubba’s Place owners Brian and Jessica D’Arco.

Last year, more than 630 turkey and ham meals with sides and dessert were prepared and delivered by volunteers to people in need.

Every year, more meals are requested, Malone said.

“We hope to feed as many as 800 people or more if need be,” he said.

Anyone wanting a meal delivered to them should call the United Way 2-1-1 hotline (812-376-6666) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, The Brooklyn Pizza Co. at 812-524-8888 or Bubba’s Place at 812-522-2818 after 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Callers will need to provide their name, address, telephone number, number of meals needed and whether they want turkey or ham. Orders must be placed by Dec. 22.

Friends and family can call to order a meal for a loved one. Meals also will be available for carryout at The Brooklyn Pizza Co., 753 W. Second St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day.

Packaging and distribution of meals will begin around 10:30 a.m. The Pines Catering Service staff has volunteered to cook the food again this year, Malone said.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.