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Local Companies to Provide 1,000 Meals

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Thanks to the generosity of two local companies, 1,000 people will get a bellyful of Thanksgiving dinner again this year.

National Life Group and Sodexo are joining forces with community partners and volunteers to provide a free meal to those in need in Washington County, keeping the tradition going for almost 50 years.  

“Hunger doesn’t take a holiday,” said Mehran Assadi, chairman, CEO and president of National Life. “We recognize many neighbors are still struggling as the pandemic continues. We’re proud to join Sodexo and others once again to offer a delicious meal to those who need one. Last year we distributed 820 meals. This year we plan to have one thousand available.”

“Sodexo is proud to partner with National Life and provides the support services needed with our Vermont teams to make this event happen,” said Phil Harty, senior vice president with Sodexo.  

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Because of on-going COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s meal will be available as pick-up and delivery only. Pick-up will be the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. outside the Bethany Church in Montpelier or outside National Life’s main entrance. Deliveries will also be made on Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Both a traditional turkey meal and a vegetarian option will be available to reheat.  

Other community partners helping make this Thanksgiving meal possible include the Vermont Foodbank, Just Basics, Hannaford Supermarkets, Central Vermont Medical Center, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Cabot Cheese, Vermont Creamery, and Chappelle’s Potatoes.

Anyone living in Washington County who needs a Thanksgiving meal can call 802-229-7300 or e-mail giving@nationallife.com by Nov. 17.