Updated: October 07, 2020 01:37 PM
Created: October 07, 2020 04:26 AM
Despite the pandemic, the largest Thanksgiving dinner in the Capital Region is still taking place this year. However, this year it will look different.
Hundreds of volunteers typically gather at the Empire State Plaza and help prepare 11,000 meals.
NewsChannel 13 has covered this event for years.
Equinox had to come up with a new way to make this happen this year, and they just announced how they plan to do it.
"We're really pleased to announce the annual Thanksgiving dinner is a go this year. It's going to look different because of COVID - like many other things. Instead of prepping the meals in person at Empire State Plaza, we decided we're going to do 100% delivery of meals," said Christina Rajotte of Equinox.
Equinox is pushing to raise $100,000 to donate to local restaurants - so they can make the meals that volunteers can pick up and deliver to those in need. CDPHP and St. Peter's have already stepped up and each donated 1,000 meals through their food service providers.
There will be safety protocols in place for those delivering meals.
"For our volunteers, we will do contactless delivery," said Rajotte. "We will provide, or they can provide their own masks and gloves."
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