House of Raeford chicken sales heading to the East

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A North Carolina family farm is drawing big crowds for its method of selling chicken to the public.

They’re holding truckload sales in communities across the East. 

Cars covered the parking lot and lined up along US 264 as people came to get inexpensive chicken. 

“I heard about the sale, I thought it was a good price for forty pounds of chicken so here we are,” says Gail Slade, a Martin County resident. 

Andrew Edwards came from Grifton with his grandfather. 

He says, “We got here about 7 AM so almost two and a half hours and we weren’t the first cars here at all.” 

Jeff Turnage is the trucking operator helping deliver the chicken. 

He explains, “it looks like we’re going to probably unload 1700 boxes, forty-pound boxes of chicken here today.”

For the past few weeks, House of Raeford has been taking excess chicken, packing it in bulk, and selling it directly to customers.

Chicken being distributed to people in their cars in Winterville.

We got a whole list of people we’re buying for, my family members and some friends, and we’re just trying to stock up,” says Edwards. 

Workers make sure everyone is social distancing because of the coronavirus. 

we’re trying to do everything by car. No one getting out kind of holding back on that part of it and being as safe as we can be considering the situation,” Turange says. 

House of Raeford has lost business because COVID-19 restrictions have closed many restaurants.

Turnage states, “The COVID problem going across the nation, we’re having problems moving, it’s kind of like a bottleneck going on right now, restaurants are closed down so it kind of interfered with the chain of shipment.” 

This was a way to sell the farm’s products while helping the community.

Many people are grateful for this opportunity to get an affordable deal on chicken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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