Rescue Mission Prepares Meals for Thousands

Published 04/20 2014 05:13PM

Updated 04/21 2014 09:49AM

It's tradition for the Rescue Mission in downtown Fort Wayne to provide meals to those in need each Easter. This year is no exception. Thousands of meals are cooked and dozens of volunteers participate.

"If it's a person that just needs a smile, if it's a person that just needs a hand, if it's a person that needs food, we want to share our food with them," said Willie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator for the Rescue Mission. Every year the Mission offers free meals to the public on special holidays. Smith says today’s event is all about giving back.

"We want people to enjoy the day and celebrate that he is risen and just enjoy that peace," he said.

The chapel area of the Mission was turned into a dining hall to accommodate the thousands of people looking forward to a hot meal.

"It saves a lot of money around these times of the year especially with the prices of food going up," said Sonja Jackson, who is grateful for the free meal.

Between dining in and orders to go, the Rescue Mission says they’re making about 2,000 meals for the community. Chris Richardson is the Mission’s Food Service Manager. He says his team started preparing food days in advance.

"In the last two days we prepared a little over 800-pounds of ham and along with that we had our mashed potatoes, we had our green beans, sweet potatoes and gravy and a roll," said Richardson.

An event this large requires several volunteers. Out of 70 plus people giving back, a few of them are high school students who could have spent their Easter holiday anywhere else.

"I have so much and to watch these people have a meal that I can have on a regular basis is just amazing," said Drew Bordner, a freshman at Concordia Lutheran high school.

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