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Mountaire staff, volunteers pack meal boxes

First there was Thanksgiving for Thousands, and now Christmas for Thousands and Easter for Thousands have been added to the Mountaire Farms food outreach program.

Volunteers and staff packed 3,000 meal boxes March 30 at the Selbyville plant warehouse for distribution to more than 50 nonprofit agencies and churches throughout the Delmarva area. The groups picked up the meal boxes as soon as they were finished on the assembly line.

The boxes include corn, peas and carrots, yams, applesauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, a brownie mix and a Mountaire roaster.

Over the past 26 years, Mountaire has distributed more than 1 million meals on Delmarva and at events in North Carolina. From the three local events over the past five months, the poultry company has distributed more than 15,000 meals, while adapting to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roger Marino, events founder, who retired from Mountaire last summer after 30 years, made a surprise visit to the Selbyville packing event.