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The Rescue Mission to give out 4,000 free Thanksgiving meals Wednesday

Meals served from 3 - 7 p.m. at the shelter
The Rescue Mission
The Rescue Mission(WPTA)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 11:54 AM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Those in need of a hot and ready meal can pick one up Wednesday evening at The Rescue Mission.

Between 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, residents can pick up a free meal at the shelter, located at 404 E. Washington Blvd. As a COVID-19 precaution, the meals will be carry-out only and masks are required to enter the building. There is a limit of four meals per person.

Last year, the shelter provided over 2,500 meals to area residents facing food insecurity and say they are prepared to serve up to 4,000 this year due to the current need in the community. Currently, shelter officials say they are serving nearly three times the usual number of people and anticipate the need will continue to grow as the weather gets colder.

“Poverty and homelessness present enormous obstacles to meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, and healthcare. These challenges are often exacerbated by health issues, mental illness and addictions. With significant barriers preventing access to healthy food, families facing poverty and homelessness remain at risk for experiencing long-term food insecurity,’ Senior Pastor and CEO of The Rescue Mission Rev. Donovan Coley said. “Our goal is to serve as many in the community as possible. We are able to accomplish this with the incredible generosity from our supporters.”

The meals this year consist of turkey, potatoes, green beans, stuffing, and desserts. Shelter officials say their holiday meals are made possible by generous donations of food items, cash gifts, and the assistance of nearly 100 volunteers.

Read more about the shelter here.

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