Volunteers - Drivers

Instructions for Equinox
Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers

Drivers
(Empire State Plaza)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not feeling well, please do not volunteer!!

Arrival:

  • Driving involves a long wait in line on the Concourse at the Empire State Plaza, likely 3 hours or more. Why? Food is packed cold. Due to limited refrigerator space the assembly line for packing begins around 7:30, just before we are ready to hand off to the drivers, so that the food maintains a safe temperature.
  • Some drivers arrive as early as 5:30am.  We recommend between 6:30am and 7:00am.
  • You should definitely be in line by 8:00am.  Meals will begin to move out at 8:30am.  Those that arrive later will likely deliver to a household with an Albany city zip code or not deliver at all.  
  • Essential to bring several containers such as plastic laundry baskets or boxes to transport the meals. Carts with wheels are very helpful.
  • Go to Concourse level with your baskets/boxes and get into the line for Drivers.

Parking:

  • Free parking is available in “V” Visitor parking lot or another lot as directed that day if the “V” lot fills.  Expect there may be a line of vehicles waiting to get into the parking lot.
  • Additional parking is available on either side of the State Museum on Madison Ave.
  • Identification needed for State Police when entering the V Lot.

Delivery:

  • Dinner consists of Take-Out Container, box with pie & roll, gravy container & maybe bread. Make sure to get all parts of the meal.
  • Expect to deliver to 2-4 locations; each driver will deliver about 10 dinners.
  • Packs of meal delivery cards with names & addresses of recipients are arranged by zip code.
  • A GPS is recommended or access to Google Maps. Some directions are provided.
  • All meals MUST be delivered within 2 hours of departure from Empire State Plaza to remain safe.
  • If you deliver to an apartment building be sure to give meals directly to tenants NOT to people waiting in the lobby offering to help out.
  • Do not leave meals unattended. Recipients have been told they must be home starting at 8:30 am and lasting until their meal is delivered. You must hand the food to a person.
  • If listed recipient is not home, please find another person in need of the meal. Do not return the meal to the Plaza.

 

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