Easter For Thousands event at Mountaire Plant donates 3,500 easter dinners
SELBYVILLE, De- Collecting, packing, and distributing an Easter dinner for families facing financial hardship. That was the goal of Mountaire’s Easter For Thousands event Wednesday morning in their Selbyville plant.
Volunteers including students at the Indian River School district, Vietnam Veterans, and Mountaire workers helped to load up the boxes along two assembly lines that stretched the length of the warehouse, before loading them onto the trailers and truck beds of the nearly 50 volunteer groups they partnered with.
“We are so proud today to be packing nearly 3,500 boxes and those will be distributed to families all across Delmarva with our partners here today,” said Mountaire’s Community Relations Manager Zach Evans.
Evans says the event has received the attention of many local and eager volunteers looking to help out with local hunger. “It can be overwhelming; to see the need and not know how to help but this lets people help out and see where it’s going,” he said.
Each of the boxes came with a frozen chicken, mashes potatoes, and non-perishables to feed a family.
“We are packing the boxes today and then we are distributing them to over 50 groups who will take them and they’ll be the ones to get them to those households and families,” Evan’s said.
Groups like the Howard T Ennis school for children with special needs, and the Church of God and Saints in Seaford. Members of the church and donation groups pulled up in long lines outside the Selbyville plant with trucks trailers ready to be loaded up.
“Today I’m going to be picking up 100 boxes and spread them out across Sussex county and we typically feed over 500 people and if you’re walking across the highway you’ll get a box too,” said Elaine Grice of the Church of God and Saints in Seaford adding ” I thank god for mountain doing what they do because it takes a village and if you look around here this is togetherness.”
Mountaire says between the 3,500 donations made today, and their previous Christmas and thanksgiving giveaways, they have distributed more than 20,000 chicken dinners.