Mountaire Farms is planning to pack 8,500 food boxes as part of its Thanksgiving for Thousands event.

For the past 24 years, Mountaire Farms has spearheaded an effort to feed thousands of families in need across Delmarva and in North Carolina during the holidays the event.

On Nov. 10, 16 area grocery stores will be collecting nonperishable food items. Twelve different volunteer groups, including local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legions, Lions Clubs and various church groups, will be out in red Thanksgiving for Thousands shirts handing out lists of what is needed and to collect donated items.

Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Mountaire Farms warehouse, 50 Hosier St., Selbyville, to pack 8,500 boxes with a complete Thanksgiving dinner for a family, including a Mountaire Farms chicken roaster. Boxes also include corn, string beans, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix and a brownie mix for dessert. The packing runs until the last box is packed and loaded up around 3 p.m.

Various community organizations help distribute the food boxes to those families in need.

Volunteers are welcome.

For more, call 934-3123 or email rmarino@mountaire.com.