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2,200 free Thanksgiving meals delivered around the Green Bay Area

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 18:01:19-05

ASHWAUBENON (NBC26 — Every year there are people who don’t have the means to put a turkey on the table, and year after year, the Lambeau Field atrium fills with tables, feeding around 900 people who would otherwise be alone or not have a meal on thanksgiving.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Christian Outreach Ecumenical Thanksgiving Ministry volunteers found a new way to get meals out.

“We couldn’t say no," said Jessica Zeitler, Ministry president. "We’ve gotten to know some of our guests over the years and our volunteers were willing to safely do this.”

The Ministry rounded up 88 drivers to pick up and deliver 2,200 meals from the Johnsonville Tailgate Village Thursday.

Lainey Simonson, a Ministry volunteer of 15 years, said she missed seeing everyone sitting and eating together.

“I don’t really like it, I really enjoy seeing all the people every year," she said. "And this year I just don’t get to see the impact that I make. But I know that we’re reaching more people than normal.”

There was just no way they weren’t going to feed the community this thanksgiving, said Mike Homan, a volunteer of 35 years.

“We knew the need was great, even greater, and we had to do this," he said. “Just the satisfaction of seeing people having a good time. You know, got a meal to eat.”