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How Giving Heart's Thanksgiving Feast is changing because of pandemic

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Posted at 8:35 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 20:38:05-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Giving Heart's annual Community Thanksgiving Feast will not be a sit down dinner this year because of the pandemic, but the non-profit is planning on feeding Richmonders in a couple of different ways.

"The first option is what we call carry out," The Giving Heart's Vicki Neilson said. "And that’s for people who want to get in line they’ll be able to walk on through... and also be able to get flu shots if they want a flu shot."

If folks prefer curbside, they can order food in advance and pick up at their specific time.

CDC guidelines will be in place and masks are mandatory and will be available if you need one. Food will be handed out between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Convention Center.

"I wouldn’t necessarily get there bright and early," Neilson advised. "We’re gonna have enough food for people, [but] I would maybe wait until about 11:30 or 12 even, cause that way you don’t have a lot of time outside."

Volunteers are still needed for food prep, turkey cutters and there is still the need for one more chef.

Neilson said the need to feed the community is even greater this year, especially for seniors who may not get to see their families,

"The fact that we are able to do it the way we can safely, and be able to give people the food that they need, even if it’s just for that day, I think it’s worth trying it and doing the best we can with it," she said.

For bulk orders you can call the Giving Heart at 804-749-4726. Click here to volunteer, order food or get more information.