Petersburg initiative to provide 8,100 Thanksgiving meals for residents

Petersburg initiative to provide 8,100 Thanksgiving meals for residents
The City of Petersburg is planning to distribute 7,000 meals through its "Feed the Need" initiative. (Source:

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - The City of Petersburg is partnering with local restaurants to provide pre-packaged Thanksgiving meals for its residents.

The goal of the “Feed the Need With a Taste of Petersburg” initiative is to provide meals to those who’ve been affected by COVID-19 and produce revenue for local businesses and their employees.

Through this initiative, the city has partnered with the following Petersburg restaurants:

  • Konran
  • Earnestine’s Table
  • Traditionz
  • Alexanders
  • Maria’s Old Town 21
  • Charlotte’s Chicken and Waffles
  • Old Town’s Alibi
  • Boppers

These restaurants have placed their spin on the traditional Thanksgiving spread and prepared individually packaged, fresh meals ready for delivery.

The initiative will provide approximately 8,100 individually-packed meals.

The meals will be delivered over a four day period, Nov. 24, 25, 27, and 28, to families experiencing food insecurity. The program will be funded through the CARES Act.

Applications were open to any Petersburg resident or family experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19, and applicants could select more than one day for meal delivery.

“We wanted to open this up to as many people as possible without asking questions just to make sure that people have options over the holidays,” said Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, the City Manager.

While the application process for Thanksgiving delivery has closed, the city plans to offer a similar program for the Christmas holiday.

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