The tradition of caring will continue this Thanksgiving with the annual community Thanksgiving meal organized by Corinth’s First Presbyterian Church.
Church Pastor Rev. Waring Porter said while the pandemic is forcing changes to how the program operates, they were determined to not cancel the more than three-decade project.
“We’ve put a plan in place to continue to provide for the needs of the hungry safely,” he said.
This year’s meals will be served through delivery only with no in-person pickup option. Those who wish to receive a meal can call 662-594-1687.
Porter explained meals will be delivered between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and noon on Thanksgiving Day. Those delivering will follow a touchless delivery plan and place the bag with the prepared meal on the person’s doorstep or other location for them. All those delivering will wear masks and gloves.
The food preparation will also follow careful safety protocols with all volunteers wearing masks and gloves and maintaining social distancing. The meals will again be prepared in the kitchen of Corinth Junior High School and volunteers will prepare them and then take them out to deliver people waiting outside in the courtyard or inside in the gym (depending on weather) and maintaining proper social distancing.
Porter said they’ve consulted with health and food safety experts to ensure they’re taking every step possible to keep everyone safe.
He said the meal is a beloved tradition and for many in the community is the only taste of the holiday they may have. Organizers understand people are struggling this year and they want to provide a bright spot in tough times.
Other area churches are also hosting meals for the holiday.
Among those are Bethlehem Baptist Church which will be hosting a meal Thanksgiving Day for senior citizens, shut-ins, and any that need a good meal in Alcorn County. They will be delivering meals to people’s homes Thanksgiving morning. People can also come by and pick up to go meals at the church between 10:30 am and 12 noon. Those who need a meal should call 662-415-0162 or 662-750-0202 before 5 pm on Monday November 23 to sign up for meals to be delivered to your home or for meals to be picked up at the church Thanksgiving Morning.
They will be practicing social distancing and taking precautions in preparing the food and getting it ready for delivery or pickup. The Church is located at 98 County Road 744 in western Alcorn County (near Chapman’s Restaurant).
In Booneville, Springhill Baptist Church will host a free community Thanksgiving dinner on November 22 from noon until 3 p.m. The public is invited to come and join in food and fellowship. The church is located on Martin Luther King Jr Drive in Booneville.