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.

Other monetary donations have been made by local businesses, including Ranger Enterprises, King’s Trucking and Excavation and Seymour NAPA.

Donations can still be made to help purchase food. Checks can be written to Sysco Louisville. Bottled water donations can be dropped off at Brooklyn Pizza or Bubba’s Place.

New this year is the addition of hygiene packs and toys, which will be provided to some of those receiving meals.

Since starting the event, Malone and the D’Arcos have recruited “a family” of volunteers, many of whom participate every year.

“We are blessed with an abundance of friends who show up to make this day go so smoothly,” Malone said. “There is Christmas music playing, Santa hats on folks and a sense of the importance of our work that day and what it means to our community.”

Anyone wanting to volunteer to make or deliver meals can call Malone at The Brooklyn Pizza Co. or the D’Arcos at Bubba’s Place.

At a glance

To receive a free hot Christmas meal in Jackson County:

Call United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline (812-376-6666) to sign up. Callers will need to provide their name, address, telephone number, number of meals needed and whether they want turkey or ham. You also can call The Brooklyn Pizza Co. at 812-524-8888 or Bubba’s Place at 812-522-2818.

Deadline to sign up is Dec. 22.

Meals can be delivered or picked up at The Brooklyn Pizza Co., 753 W. Second St. in Seymour, from 11 to 2 p.m. Christmas Day.

To sign up as a volunteer to package and deliver meals, call The Brooklyn Pizza Co. at 812-524-8888 or Bubba’s Place at 812-522-2818.

Monetary donations or donations of bottled water can be made at The Brooklyn Pizza Co. or Bubba’s Place, 402 S. Walnut St. in Seymour.

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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.