HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) – More than 1,600 vehicles line up in Hopewell today to receive food just in time for the holidays. The Hopewell Police Department partnered with the fire department and sheriff’s office to distribute food to needy families.
The HPD told 8News that they wanted to help provide meals for families in a three-city area to prepare a thanksgiving dinner. They know that during a pandemic, it is very important to provide food to people in the community.
“Honestly, the best thing in the world is to sit around a table with your family and have a good dinner,” said HPD Community Engagement Officer, Ron Fregcolle.
Fregcolle and other community engagement officer Michael Redavid said the event was planned for noon to 4 p.m., but cars had been queuing so early that it decided to start the event a little after 10 a.m. By 3:30 pm they had serviced at least 1,600 vehicles on site and made about 40 deliveries to people who had prearranged to deliver food.
Redavid and Fregcolle said that everyone was polite, happy and grateful for the donations they received.
This food raising was made possible by donations from many partners. Tyson donated more than 33,000 pounds of chicken and Feed More provided 13,000 pounds of food. Other major donations came from Destination Church, Randolph Market and Food Lion.