Chesterfield, VA, November 1, 2022: This week, Chesterfield Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry (CCHASM) prepares to launch regional meal distribution for its annual Mary Anne Weeks Thanksgiving Program on November 19 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds.
In partnership with DoorDash, Publix, and various local agencies and businesses, CCHASM will distribute nearly 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to Central Virginia residents. Last year, the organization served 3,100 non-perishable meal packages.
As part of DoorDash’s Project DASH initiative, Dashers will deliver non-perishable bags with traditional Thanksgiving meal items to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and those without transportation. Dashers will make deliveries from the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, Eastside Enhancement Center, Petersburg YMCA, Higher Way Ministries of Petersburg, City Point Restoration Church of God in Hopewell, and the Waymakers Foundation in North Chesterfield.
To date, CCHASM has enlisted almost 270 volunteers for the assembly of non-perishable meal bags from November 14 -18 at the Fairgrounds Exhibition Center. In turn, Dashers will deliver Thanksgiving meal bags to area residents in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George counties, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell. Approximately 200 individuals will receive a delivered Thanksgiving dinner.
“Having a healthy Thanksgiving meal with friends, family, or neighbors should not be optional,” said Dawn McCoy, Chief Executive Officer for CCHASM. “We anticipated that the registration count would be considerably higher this year given many factors. Certainly, we appreciate the collaboration this year so that we might serve even more people.”
CCHASM will also leverage DoorDash’s platform to schedule meal deliveries and, in turn, maximize cloud-based technology to ensure real-time accountability for meal distribution at multiple locations. Continuing a post-pandemic drive-through, meal-bag pickup and Spanish language translation support will be available onsite for participants at the Fairgrounds.
“We are honored to partner with CCHASM to help broaden food access during the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Kelly Jones, DoorDash Drive Director of Government and Nonprofit. “Local delivery has been critical in supporting food banks and food pantries’ provision of food and other essentials while emphasizing convenience and dignity. We’re excited to work with our stakeholders and partners across the country to meet the need in a sustainable way.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to make a difference locally by distributing meals throughout our region, said David Taylor, CCHASM Board chair and senior pastor of Signs and Wonders Ministries in Chesterfield. “We are doing our part to serve our community.”
Support for the event includes Optima Health, Virginia Credit Union, Village Bank, Virginia Premier, Dominion Energy, DentaQuestPlans, FeedMore, Target, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, DRIVE SMART Virginia, U-Haul, Renew Chiropractic, and the James House.
Since Project DASH was launched in 2018, it has powered over 2.5 million deliveries of an estimated more than 50 million meals in the U.S. and Canada. Organizations that would like to partner with Project DASH can click here for more information.
To learn more about the Thanksgiving program, volunteer, or donate, visit www.cchasm.org/thanksgivinginfo.