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Christmas dinner distribution event planned in Tusayan

TUSAYAN, Ariz. — Throughout 2020, Tusayan Town Hall, Tusayan Food Bank and affiliates have organized a series of distribution events to provide food and other staples to residents and employees who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Having provided food to more than 100 families in need over the Thanksgiving holiday, organizers have prepared for similar numbers for the Christmas distribution event.

These numbers are far less than previous months, when the town was serving the needs of over 1,000 people per food bank event.

Accounting for smaller numbers

While there are still families in need, the Tusayan Town Hall has scaled back distribution plans for the upcoming event to reflect the decline, which is likely due to businesses scaling back workforce numbers to compensate for the slower tourism year.

Tusayan Vice Mayor Brady Harris said he noticed changes after the Thanksgiving event.

“We had planned for potentially, a very large number of people, based on the (coronavirus) numbers we were looking at before, and we ended up not having as robust a response as we’d imagined it to be,” he said. “The majority of people who needed that back in March, April and May have moved on; they’re no longer a part of our community.”

Registration

Registration for the food bank is open to the first 100 entries through Dec. 15 online at https://spiritofthecanyon.com/tusayan-christmas/.

The drive-up event takes place Dec. 17, from 1-3 p.m., at the Grand Canyon Airport terminal.

Items will include a turkey or turkey breast (depending on family size), vegetables and other sides, and rolls. More information is available from the Tusayan Town Hall at (928) 638-9909.

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