In a letter to employees, Meals on Wheels CEO & President, Calvin A. Moore, announced that Meals on Wheels will observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday beginning in 2021.
Dear Colleagues: As many of you are already aware, this Friday is Juneteenth – a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union troops arrived in Galveston, TX with news that the Civil War was over, and that all remaining slaves in the state were free. This year’s Juneteenth comes at an incredibly significant time. Following the tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other Black Americans, we are witnessing one of the largest social justice movements since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. The multigenerational, multiethnic, multigender, and multiracial support that the widespread Black Lives Matter demonstrations have drawn is unlike anything seen before. Along with large companies and small businesses across the country, we would like to recognize this Juneteenth as an observed company holiday, and we will explore making more long-term adjustments to our annual holiday calendar moving forward. As such, we encourage all staff to take time to reflect on this incredibly significant moment in American history, take action and/or learn more. Yes, this will be a paid company holiday in 2021. This is only the beginning of the Leadership Team’s journey to ensure that the heart and soul of our organization—you—feel unconditionally supported. In the meantime, we encourage you all to take time this weekend and in the days ahead to continue your personal journeys, as well. With Gratitude,