Churches Across the U.S. Change Thanksgiving Meal Plans for Those in Need Amid Coronavirus Restrictions

In a normal year, churches and other nonprofits across the United States would host large Thanksgiving gatherings to provide meals for the less fortunate.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health lockdowns placed in response to the disease, countless Thanksgiving gatherings have been canceled.

Despite this, many are still hoping to donate free Thanksgiving meals to those in need, while also respecting social distancing guidelines to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The Christian Post interviewed a few of the many congregations who have switched from in-person Thanksgiving meals to delivery to see how they were making the change.

Central Christian Church of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, has been providing free meals on Thanksgiving Day for the past 24 years, with the past few years averaging out 2,000 meals annually.

In previous years, the majority of the meals were eaten at the church itself, with a small number being delivered to those who were unable to attend.

Bryan Springvloed, executive pastor at Central Christian Church, told CP that in this time of pandemic they are changing things to allow most to pick up their meals instead.

“Our main focus will be a drive-thru pickup and although we are not advertising home delivery, we are estimating around 20% of the meals will need to be delivered,” explained Springvloed.

“Meals will be given out using a drive-thru arrangement with no need for those receiving a meal to leave the safety of their car.”

Springvloed also told CP that his church will do its utmost to adhere to public health guidelines when engaging in their Thanksgiving charitable endeavors.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski