Bowery Mission volunteers prepare for Thanksgiving holiday with unique COVD-19 challenges

The New York City Update
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(NEW YORK) Volunteers distributed thousands of Thanksgiving meals in Lower Manhattan for those in need, according to NBC New York.

While the Bowery Mission typically prepares meals on the holiday, the pandemic presents unique health challenges, including enforced social distancing measures and outside dining.

CEO of The Bowery Mission James Winans said COVID-19 also presents the need to feed more people than before.

"We saw new people on the line. People who had just lost work, had just been laid off, furloughed, and were relying on emergency for the first time, as well as our neighbors who don't have homes, Winans said. "We are here to serve everybody and we are going to do that in a special way today on Thanksgiving."

Thanksgiving dinner will be served between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday at The Mission.