In what has become a Tullahoma holiday tradition, free meals will be delivered to the less fortunate on Christmas Day by the mayor and first lady of Tullahoma.

For more than 20 years Christmas meals have been served to disabled veterans, low-income single mothers, the disabled and chronically ill, senior citizens, unemployed or lonely people in Tullahoma, according to coordinators Lane and Evelyn Curlee. Meals will be delivered on Christmas between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

According to Mayor Curlee, he and Evelyn have arranged for the meals to be purchased from Morrison Healthcare, the vendor contracted to provide meals to Tennova Healthcare – Harton.

“They are really planning a feast to include ham, two vegetables and bread,” Curlee said. “We really appreciate their willingness to help out and provide the meals at their food cost.”

Anyone who needs a meal is asked to leave a message for the Curlees at 588-0678 with their name, address, phone number and the number of meals needed. This information can also be emailed to

Additionally, anyone who might be alone on Christmas and would like to stop by the hospital cafeteria for lunch is welcome.

Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. Anyone who needs a ride should call ahead of time so a volunteer can provide pick-up. 


Volunteers needed

Putting on the effort is no small task. Volunteers are needed in one of three ways: packaging to-go plates, managing delivery and providing desserts.

“For nearly 20 years the very generous people of Tullahoma have stepped up to make Christmas a little brighter for some of the less fortunate of Tullahoma,” Curlee said. “I have every reason to believe they will again this year.”

Volunteers who wish to help package the plates are asked to report at 9 a.m. to the hospital cafeteria on the main floor.

Those who wish to help deliver meals are asked to report at 10 a.m. in the same place.

Anyone who would like to provide a small dessert, such as cake, pie or cookies, is asked to bring those items to the hospital between 5 and 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, or between 8 and 9 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

There is no need for volunteers to call or email, according to Curlee.

Erin McCullough can be reached via email at