Mountaire Farms packs 26k food boxes at Thanksgiving For Thousands event
SELBYVILLE, Del. – Monday morning about 150 volunteers got busy packing boxes with holiday meals for those in need.
“We’ve been able to have a more normal event, except for having to wear a mask. But, even with that, we’re going to break our record,” said President of Mountaire Farms Phillip Plylar.
It was all part of Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands event. More than 26,000 food boxes will be distributed across Delmarva and North Carolina. It’s the most food boxes the event has ever produced. Each box held enough to feed a family of four, complete with a Mountaire roaster chicken, corn, green beans, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, and brownies.
“Over 100,000 people are going to get a Thanksgiving meal, who wouldn’t have had one otherwise,” said Plylar.
Plylar says the need to help feed people is greater than ever, and seeing the hundreds of helping hands is inspiring. “We saw people in need last year, and unfortunately COVID is still with us, right? So, we’ve just seen that need progress. But, fortunately the vaccine’s made a big impact. We can all get back together, and you can see the turnout here from the community,” he said.
Monday’s efforts were only the first part of Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands. Tuesday, the food boxes will be distributed at drive through sites in Bridgeville, Georgetown, Laurel, Milford, and Seaford from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Addresses for the distribution sites are as follows:
- Bridgeville – Gateway Fellowship, 8110 Cannon Road
- Georgetown – Discover Church, 20330 Sand Hill Road
- Laurel – Laurel Wesleyan, 30186 Seaford Road
- Milford – United Church, 985 N. Dupont Blvd.
- Seaford – St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine Street