The Virginville Grange treated first responders to a chicken dinner with trimmings Saturday at the ag group's hall in Virginville.

The Grange Community Service Committee organized the event, part of the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration.

“We set aside our own celebration,” Grange member Andrew Dietrich said, “and focused on local individuals on the front lines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

From 11 to 11:30 a.m., Grange members served Kauffman’s chicken dinners to first responders from Virginville, Shoemakersville, Hamburg and Fleetwood.

Some police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel arrived in uniform in their vehicles. They were served in drive-thru fashion.

From 11:30 a.m. on, dinners were provided on a first-come basis to residents of Richmond, Perry, Windsor and Greenwich townships.

“We wanted to show our appreciation to local first responders and community members amid this crisis,” said David Geschwindt, a Grange member.

In all, 800 containers with a half chicken, baked potato and applesauce were handed out. Some recipients chose to make donations to the Grange.

Kauffman’s roasted the chickens onsite, and Virginville Fire Company members directed traffic. East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. near Lyons and Thrivent Financial of Hamburg lent support to the effort.

CDC guidelines on social distancing were observed, and face masks were required.

The outreach had been advertised on social media.

“This was truly a community event,” Geschwindt said.

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