Rescue Mission to Serve and Deliver Over Two Thousand Meals on Christmas Day

Syracuse, NY – The Rescue Mission is preparing to serve and deliver over 2,000 meals on Christmas morning to men, women, and children in need. Meals will be served as dine-in (for shelter residents), take-out (for community members), and via contactless delivery by volunteers (to community members across Onondaga County).

The Rescue Mission, its staff, and volunteers will adhere to strict COVID-19 safety protocols while ensuring no one goes hungry on Christmas.

On Christmas Day, the Rescue Mission will serve breakfast, dinner and a midday holiday meal with turkey and all the trimmings. Free tickets for the meal will be distributed on Christmas Day at the Alice C. Barber Day Center and Kiesewetter Emergency Shelter, 122 Dickerson Street (across the from the Food Service Center).

The Rescue Mission is preparing:

  • 1,200 pounds of cooked turkey
  • 315 pies
  • 20 gallons of gravy
  • 2,600 dinner rolls
  • (42) 12×20 inch pans of stuffing
  • (48) 12×20 inch pans of vegetables
  • (42) 12×20 inch pans of mashed potatoes

The Rescue Mission served more than 240,000 meals over the last year in Syracuse, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner every day to men, women and children at risk of going hungry.

Friday, December 25, 2020 – 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Meal Packing and Volunteer Deliveries: 7a.m. – 10 a.m.

Meal Service: 10:45 a.m. – Noon

Meal Packing and Deliveries: Rescue Mission Volunteer Services Center, 155 Gifford Street, Syracuse, NY (Seymour Street entrance)

Meal Service: Rescue Mission Clarence L. Jordan Food Service and Culinary Education Center, 148 Gifford Street, Syracuse NY 13202

Parking: Available on site.

Since 1887, the Rescue Mission has put love into action through shelter, food, and hope. The Rescue Mission Alliance is a 100% local and independent non-profit organization that operates programs to combat hunger and homeless across the Upstate New York communities of Syracuse, Auburn and Binghamton. Learn more at