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Feeding Chittenden's Annual Turkey Round-Up Goes Virtual


Published November 17, 2020 at 2:06 p.m.
Updated November 18, 2020 at 10:12 a.m.

Packing food at Feeding Chittenden in April - FILE: JAMES BUCK
  • File: James Buck
  • Packing food at Feeding Chittenden in April

Like so many events this year, the annual Turkey Round-Up at Feeding Chittenden has gone online. In years past, community members dropped off turkeys in person at the food shelf's North Winooski Avenue building in Burlington. This year, they can make virtual donations to reach the goal of feeding 3,500 food-insecure families this holiday season. A $25 donation provides a full Thanksgiving meal to a family of four in Chittenden County.

"This year we want to make sure people still have the opportunity to help feed our hungry neighbors while keeping everyone safe in the process," Feeding Chittenden director Rob Meehan said in a press release.

Feeding Chittenden has reported a 38 percent increase in people seeking food assistance during the pandemic. "This has always been a big community event that our recipients, donors and volunteers look forward to," said Anna McMahon, Feeding Chittenden donor and community engagement manager. "It looks different this year because people can't gather, but the peace of mind it gives families to be able to provide a holiday meal is especially important right now."

You can donate to the Virtual Turkey Round-Up food and fund drive at feedingchittenden.org or by texting the word "GIVE" to 802-242-5953.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Virtual Vittles"