Lynchburg charities plan COVID Thanksgivings as demand for meals skyrocket

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Holiday meals are going to look a lot different this year, and due to the pandemic, local charities are changing how they’ll be handling meal distribution on Thanksgiving.

“It’s is definitely going to be a little bit different,” said Noel Henderson, the Volunteer Coordinator with Lynchburg Daily Bread.

Last year, her organization fed about 130 people on Thanksgiving. This year, they’ve seen a lot of new faces.

“Numbers have gone up dramatically, like almost fourfold. We are expecting, anticipating possibly 600 meals to be distributed just at this location.”

All meals will be take-out only.

“We ended up closing our dining room back in march, so all our meals at this point are to go.”

The Salvation Army is also adapting. They’ll set up a tent outdoors with heating lamps and limit gathering to 25 at a time.

“To keep safely, we’re doing the feeding through stages,” said Lt. Mark Craddock with the Lynchburg Salvation Army, “so 25 will be fed at a time, then 25 will be waiting, but during that time of waiting, we’ll make sure that there’s live music. There’s going to be entertainment, and we’ll also make sure that while they’re waiting, we’ll keep social distance and keep them safe.”

Amid the high demand for meals this year, Daily Bread is always looking for donations.

“Protein. Protein. Protein,” said Henderson. “Vegetables, and of course money.”

The Daily Bread, Salvation Army, and countless other organizations are always looking for volunteers.

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