United Way of NRV changes Thanksgiving food distribution amid pandemic

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 5:31 PM EST
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NEW RIVER VALLEY, Va. (WDBJ) - United Way of the New River Valley said Thanksgiving will look different this year, but families should be able to enjoy a meal together no matter their circumstance.

They’ll be doing all distribution eligibility screenings over the phone and scheduling times for food pickup.

Families will have to arrive at their pickup time and their food boxes will be placed in the trunks of their vehicles.

“We’ve seen a lot more instability financially with households, and this is just a great way to still participate in a very culturally rich experience. Families love to sit down together for Thanksgiving, and we wanna make sure they can still have that experience," said Marcela Jara-Radlbeck, Community Engagement Director.

If you would like to learn more about the United Way’s Thanksgiving food distribution or would like to volunteer, email the Community Engagement Director at

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