Rescue Mission to Prepare 2,300 Thanksgiving Meals

Syracuse, NY– The Rescue Mission is preparing to provide an estimated 2,300 holiday meals for those who might not otherwise receive one this Thanksgiving.   Most are delivered within the community to individuals who are confined at home or who are at risk of hunger.

On Thanksgiving, the Rescue Mission will serve turkey with all the trimmings from 11 am to 12:30 pm at its Food Service Center at 148 Gifford Street. Free tickets for the meal will be distributed on Thanksgiving Day at the Alice C. Barber Day Center and Kiesewetter Emergency Shelter, 122 Dickerson Street (across the street from the Food Service Center).

The Rescue Mission is preparing:

  • 1,200 lbs. of cooked turkey
  • 375 pies
  • 42- 12-by-20-inch pans of stuffing
  • 48- 12-by-20-inch pans of mixed vegetables
  • 42- 12-by-20-inch pans of mashed potatoes
  • 20 gallons of gravy
  • 2,300 dinner rolls

“This Thanksgiving dinner truly demonstrates the giving spirit of our community. It would not be possible without the financial contributions, donations of food, and the help of more than 400 volunteers who will prepare, serve and deliver meals,” said Rescue Mission CEO Alan Thornton.

The Rescue Mission serves more than 240,000 free meals a year in Syracuse, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner every day to anyone in need.Turkey Cooked

 All Thanksgiving volunteer positions are filled at this time, but the Rescue Mission welcomes volunteers year-round for a wide variety of opportunities. The Rescue Mission is still accepting food donations for holiday meals. Items needed are: turkeys, canned vegetables (in #10 cans), and cranberry sauce. It is also collecting the following items for Christmas gifts: new sweatshirts in all sizes, shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant and other toiletries.

For information on making a donation or volunteering, call the Rescue Mission Holiday Center at 315-701-3898 Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 4:30 pm. (The Holiday Center will be closed on Nov. 27.)