Thousands of families to receive Thanksgiving dinner through Mountaire’s food drive

SELBYVILLE, Del. – Volunteers in Selbyville are making sure families in need don’t go hungry this Thanksgiving.

“There are so many people in this area that are not as well off as other people and for them to have a meal, a good meal on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, it makes you feel good,” said Rodger Rose, a volunteer and a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Sussex County Chapter 1105.

This is all a part of Mountaire’s annual Thanksgiving For Thousands event, but of course, this year is a little different because of the pandemic.

Organizers say they planned for two days of packing instead of just one day. Volunteers are also spread out and everyone must wear a mask.

“I know it’s been a stressful time, a lot of fears about COVID,” said Phillip Plylar, president of Mountaire Farms.

“It would’ve been real easy to cancel this event,” said Plylar, “We didn’t want to do that and we thank the people for stepping up and pitching in.”

They add many people have been impacted by the pandemic, which is why an event like this is so necessary.

“A lot of people are out of jobs and they’re hurting,” said Plylar.

“So, the ability to help them at least one day Thanksgiving and have a meal is very important to us and I can’t say enough for about the communities at large,” said Plylar.

Overall people we spoke to say this event is all about giving back and helping those who need it most.

“There’s something good about working with your hands, putting in a day’s good effort and hard work, but even more so when you know you’re doing it for somebody who needs a helping hand,” said Plylar.

Event organizers say they also had to scale back on volunteers this year because of the pandemic. As for the boxes, they will be distributed to people through several different local organizations.

Mountaire Farms will be packing 10,000 meal boxes on Delmarva and 10,000 meal boxes in North Carolina.

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