Active-duty military; active Guard or Reserve; post-Sept. 11, 2001, wounded, ill or injured of all ranks; and their families may register at to receive a free holiday meal from Operation Homefront.

Operation Homefront will distribute 200 holiday meals to military families through its annual Holiday Meals for Military program. The distribution will take place Nov. 3 at the National Guard Armory, 1245 N. Dupont Highway, Dover.

Those who register online by Nov. 1 will be able to pick up a bag of nonperishable groceries and a gift card redeemable for the rest of the food necessary for a full holiday meal. To register and reserve a meal, visit and click on the event. The links to events are listed at the bottom of the webpage.

The Holiday Meals for Military program began Thanksgiving 2009 as the result of a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, New York, near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they could not afford, so a Beam Inc. employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. Since that time, the program has grown from initially providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing nearly 4,000 nationally so far this holiday season.