National Life Group and Sodexo continue the annual tradition of giving away free to-go Thanksgiving dinners in collaboration with area organizations and volunteers for pick-up or delivery. Both traditional turkey and vegetarian meals will be available.

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The tradition began at the height of the pandemic in 2020 after the annual community meal hosted by Washington County Youth Service Bureau was cancelled. Last year, 1,000 meals were given away. This year a higher need is anticipated.

How it works:

Participants must reserve a free meal ahead of time and anyone interested in volunteering can do so by calling 802-229-7300 or e-mailing [email protected] by the end of the day on November 17.

Pick-up will be between 11 a.m. and 3 pm on Wednesday, November 23 at two locations:

  • Outside Bethany Church, located at115 Main St., Montpelier. This option is walk-up.
  • Outside the National Life Group main entrance, located at 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier. This option is drive-through only. Participants are asked to remain in their cars, while volunteers will bring out meals to them.

Delivery to home addresses will be offered on Wednesday, November 23, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Home deliveries will be a doorstop drop. Please note: Participants requesting delivery are asked to detail any specific instructions for delivery drivers to know where to leave the meal during the sign up process.