Miller Family and Utah Jazz Continue Annual Tradition of Thanksgiving Meals for the Homeless

SALT LAKE CITY (November 18, 2021) – For the 23rd consecutive year, the Larry H. and Gail Miller family and the Utah Jazz will continue their tradition of providing Thanksgiving meals for the homeless and low-income individuals in Salt Lake City.

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, Utah Food Services will prepare more than 3,000 Thanksgiving meals for delivery/pickup to community resource centers including the Salt Lake Rescue Mission, Salt Lake Mission, Gail Miller Resource Center, Gerald E. King Resource Center, Road Home Men’s Resource Center and The Inn Between.

The Thanksgiving meal includes sliced turkey breast, cubed potatoes, gravy, stuffing with celery and onion, peas and carrots, dinner roll and butter, and cookies.

“We are honored to continue a 23-year tradition of joining with the Jazz organization to provide a Thanksgiving meal to our brothers and sisters who are experiencing homelessness,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “During this season of gratitude, we have the opportunity to pause and reflect on the things we are thankful for in our lives. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life, and I believe gratitude is best expressed in the way we help others.”

In years past, the annual feast has been held on the main concourse at Vivint Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz, with about 150 volunteers from the Jazz organization, including players, coaches, and employees, serving the meals to residents in need. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual “We Care – We Share” Thanksgiving Meal has been carried out by delivery/pickup only in 2020 and 2021.

“It is important for us to continue the long-standing service of providing Thanksgiving meals for those less fortunate,” said Jim Olson, president of the Utah Jazz. “We are all part of this community and mindful of extending our blessings as individuals and an organization. We are very thankful for our partners in this annual endeavor to help feed people and bring some holiday cheer.”

This event kicks off several holiday outreach programs that the Utah Jazz will host to brighten the holidays for local children and families throughout the NBA’s Season of Giving campaign. The Utah Jazz will play at Vivint Arena on Christmas Day in a nationally televised game against Dallas. Vivint Arena will also host the Larry H. Miller Christmas Concert and Community Sing-Along on Dec. 13.


About the Utah Jazz
Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the second-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won nine division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 17 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 60,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across six states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit

About the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation
The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation was established in 2007 to continue the philanthropic spirit exemplified by Larry and Gail Miller for future generations. The Foundation supports organizations and programs, which provide educational opportunities, community improvements, health and wellness initiatives, and economic empowerment for individuals and families.

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