One of the changes includes passing out the meals in the parking lot, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sister Mary Johnice, director over at the Response to Love Center, says they typically serve about 1,000 meals a month. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, however, she says the center has been serving double that every month, and it’s also why there will also be a need for Thanksgiving meals this year.

“We have special bags and special containers for them, and they’re going to have the Thanksgiving meal just like they did downstairs, but it’ll be given outdoors. We want to make it festive and special,” she said. In addition to being outside, the only different thing about the Thanksgiving meals served this year will include turkey breasts.

Everyone will have to social distance as volunteers pass out food in the parking lot. This year Response to Love only has about 10 people helping them cook and serve the Thanksgiving meals. Typically, they have more than 100 every year. But Sister Johnice says they only wanted a small number this year to adhere to public health guidelines. In fact, volunteers have been practicing how to safely pass out meals ahead of Thanksgiving.

Danielle Church, WGRZ Channel 2 News

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