Seven months after COVID-19 entered the country, the Lakeway Area has adjusted to the “new normal,” by wearing masks and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
What hasn’t changed is the fact that many of the Lakeway Area nonprofit organizations will continue plans for Thanksgiving meals as scheduled.
The Daily Bread Community Kitchen
At the Daily Bread Community Kitchen, President Larry Shropshire said that the only changes this year’s meal is that it will take a little longer to serve meals at the facility due to social distancing.
“We can’t seat as many people as before due to social distancing.” Shropshire said. “It will take a little bit longer to get people through.”
The Daily Bread served 711 meals last year, with 477 being take-out delivery meals.
“We’re going to do the to-go meals as usual,” he said. “We will deliver the meals, I’m looking forward to it.”
Shropshire said that it costs around $4 for each meal. Donations would be appreciated, he said.
“Donations would be wonderful,” he said. “With COVID-19 going on, donations have been down some. Our biggest supporters, our churches haven’t been meeting.”
To make a donation, send your check to P.O. Box 1458, Morristown, TN 37816.
Those willing to volunteer to deliver meals starting at 10 a.m., Thanksgiving Day, should call Shropshire at 581-7733.
Ashley Hux, executive director of Morristown-Hamblen Central Services, is planning to have the food pantry open Monday through Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving.
“As of now, we plan to have our food pantry open the week of Thanksgiving to make sure people can get food should they need it,” Hux said. “Most years, Morristown-Hamblen High School West conducts a food drive for Central Services, but I don’t know if it will happen this year or not.”
The West food drive, Hux said, usually yields Thanksgiving food, such as stuffing, potatoes and cranberry sauce.
“We give it out as close to Thanksgiving as possible,” she said. “West high is trying to figure out how to help us in the safest way possible. The bottom line is that our food pantry will be open. We’ll certainly do our best to be available to the community. Hopefully everything will go on as planned.”
Food on Foot of Tennessee, Inc.
Food on Foot Founder and President Carolyn Jarnagin will have a Thanksgiving meal available for those who qualify for the regular Saturday food boxes.
“The families will come by in their cars and will get a Thanksgiving meal box with a turkey breast,” Jarnagin said. “That’s how much we can afford right now. Then we do Stove Top stuffing, a can of corn and beans, just enough for a meal.”
Jarnagin said that Food on Foot has done the Thanksgiving meals for several years.
“We’ve done this for several years. The people tell me that they live in small houses and have small refrigerators. They said that the turkey breasts the best because it will fit into their freezer,” she said.