Nashville Rescue Mission expects record Thanksgiving meal turnout

Because of COVID-19, they are limiting the number of volunteers
Posted at 5:54 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 21:55:48-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Rescue Mission is facing a tricky dilemma. They believe demand for a hot meal on Thanksgiving meal may shatter their records due to current economic conditions. But the mission will have to do it all with just a fraction of the help.

"Usually we have almost 250 and so we’re way shy of that, we’re about 50 volunteers," said Cheryl Chunn, Senior Director of Development at the Nashville Rescue Mission.

To avoid big crowds and encourage social distancing, the mission will be dishing out the Turkey Day feast in three different shifts for each meal.

"It’s just going to take longer, probably, since we’re going to be doing it in shifts as well. So it’s not going to be this hour, hour and half lunch or breakfast or dinner, so that’s the part that gets a little tricky because we’re preparing for the next meal almost right after breakfast or lunch is served," said Chunn.

Just because you can't volunteer, doesn't mean you can't help. The Nashville Rescue Mission will still accept food donations through the weekend and monetary donations, whenever possible, due to mounting costs.

"It costs us 25,000 dollars a month to clean both campuses so you think about it’s been going on the eighth month already," she said.

Though so much will be different this Thanksgiving, Cheryl hopes their guests won't taste a difference. "Pretty much everything changed except for what we had to keep doing," she said.

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