2,000 families in need now have fridges full of frozen chicken, thanks to a drive thru-style giveaway at the Henderson County Fairgrounds.
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce and Henderson County Parks Department helped to coordinate the event on Wednesday morning, which was made possible thanks to a huge donation courtesy of Tyson Foods in Robards, Ky.
"I understand how families, especially during this time, that may be unemployed, they may not be making the income they normally do,” said Theresa Childers, Henderson County Parks Department events coordinator, “Their kids are at home and not at school every day. So, Tyson was very generous in donating this whole truck load of chicken."
And to make sure the event was safe, over one dozen volunteers in masks helped to control the flow of the families driving through the fairgrounds.
600 Hopkins County families also received chicken in September from Tyson. And in Henderson County, families came out in droves for the deal, which included two boxes of chicken per-household and a two-household per car limit.
"Tyson is a tremendous community partner — it means a lot,” said Ellen Redding, Henderson County Chamber of Commerce president. “We have a lot of industry in Henderson County that gives away a lot of items and with Tyson to give this chicken to needy families and to the community -- it just means so much."
While volunteers are happy to have had a part in feeding families in need.
"I'm ready to do this everyday,” Childers said. “Just because I think it's important that people that can't afford to get out in the stores or whatever, they can just come here and feel no judgment whatsoever."
Henderson County families needing food assistance can contact Henderson Christian Community Outreach.