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16th Annual Thanksgiving for Thousands Event
|Date:||November 16, 2010|
16th Annual Mountaire Thanksgiving for Thousands Packing Day
Volunteers are invited to participate in the 16th Annual Thanksgiving for Thousands Event on Monday, November 22nd beginning at 8:30am. This season over 6,500 meal boxes will be packed to help feed more than 45,000 individuals in need this Thanksgiving.
(Millsboro, DE) –Mountaire Farms, along with the American Legion Post 28, the Dagsboro Church of God and Hope & Life Outreach Ministries (HALO), gearing up once again for the Annual Mountaire Thanksgiving for Thousands Packing Day event, scheduled for Monday, November 22nd. Volunteers are invited to participate in the packing of more than 6,500 meal boxes going to feed over 45,000 Delmarva residents during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. Packing will begin at 8:30am at the Mountaire Warehouse in Selbyville, DE, located just off Rte 113 on the corner of Hosier Street and W. Railroad Street. Packers are asked to arrive between 8:30am and 10am, with all packing wrapping up around the noon hour. Packing day festivities include a LIVE radio broadcast on WGMD 92.7, refreshments and lunch provided by Em-Ings.
In 2009, the Thanksgiving for Thousands effort produced 6,300 meal boxes, serving close to 40,000 individuals. This season, with the amount of people in need ever growing, Mountaire expanded the program to include Hope & Life Outreach Ministries in Salisbury, and an Army of volunteers from local American Legion Posts (28, 24, 19, 17, 6, 5) out of Sussex County Delaware, in a concerted partnership named “Waging War On Hunger”. Together, with the Dagsboro Church of God, the 16th Annual Mountaire Thanksgiving for Thousands program will be the largest on record. Four thousand three hundred boxes will be packed at the Mountaire Warehouse in Selbyville, DE, 1,500 boxes will be packed at the American Legion Post 28 in Oak Orchard, DE and an additional 800 boxes will be packed at the HALO facility off Snow Hill Road in Salisbury, MD. In all, close to 6,600 boxes will be stuffed with a nutritious array of corn, string beans, peas, baked beans, yams, stuffing mix, brownie mix and a plump Mountaire Roaster, which will help provide a warm Thanksgiving meal to thousands of Delmarva residents in need.
Distribution to the various agencies and individuals who pre-requested a meal, will take place on Tuesday November 23rd at the Dagsboro Church of God located on Highway 113 in Dagsboro, Delaware and HALO, located at 701 Snow Hill Road in Salisbury, MD. Volunteers will work from a parking lot warehouse for food pickup by name and box number. If you'd like to help to purchase more food staples send a donation to Thanksgiving for Thousands, Mountaire Farms, 29016, Route 24, Millsboro Delaware 19966. For more information visit www.mountaire.com/thanksgivingforthousands/
Sixteen years ago, Mountaire Farms and members at the Dagsboro Church of God developed a new format to help feed those Delmarva residents in need around the Thanksgiving Holiday. The goal being to get away from the traditional table-served meals made available at area shelters and provide a means to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner in the traditional sense from the privacy of home. Individuals or families in our Delmarva Community who reach out for help through requests to food banks, churches and governmental agencies can receive a Thanksgiving for Thousands box filled with the staple foods needed to prepare a meal for the entire household. Each box contains a Mountaire roaster, 16 oz. cans of corn, string beans, peas, baked beans and yams; plus a box of stuffing and brownie mix. Our belief is that by selecting a nutritious array of staple food and a bird, recipients may cook the meal from the confines of their own home to their own culture and taste.