Helping The Hungry On The Holidays

By Megan Trent
By Maureen Mespell

November 25, 2010 Updated Nov 25, 2010 at 7:45 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Around 1600 struggling people attended the annual Thanksgiving lunch at Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen in Fort Wayne today.

But the need for a warm meal doesn't end on Thanksgiving.

Volunteers serve anywhere from 1,000 to 1,700 meals each day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Filled with the holiday spirit, there were nearly 300 volunteers for today's turkey lunch, but on an average day that number drops to around a dozen. And even though turkey donations were up this year, 160 compared to 120 last Thanksgiving, volunteers say their food supply also declines after the holidays. Meanwhile, the number of people in need all year round is on the rise.

"We see an increase in the number of people who are coming for assistance. Whether it be for food, for help with housing, for other needs like clothing, help with finding jobs. We have a lot of catholic organizations that are very busy these days."

The Bishop made a special stop by Saint Mary's to bless the meal and talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

The soup kitchen is open from 10 until 2 every day.




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