The Rescue Mission distributing 4,000 free Thanksgiving meals – 11/24/2021

Thanksgiving meals

The Rescue Mission will serve its largest holiday meal on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, between 3 PM and 7 PM at the 404 East Washington Boulevard location.

The Rescue Mission distributing 4,000 free Thanksgiving meals

Fort Wayne, Indiana (November 19, 2021) – The Rescue Mission will serve its largest holiday meal on Wednesday, November 24th between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM at the 404 E. Washington Blvd. location. The meal is free and open to all members of the community.

Last Thanksgiving, more than 2,500 meals were served to individuals and families facing food insecurity and homelessness. That number is expected to increase to more than 4,000 this holiday season due to the number of unemployed and working poor who are in need. The Rescue Mission is serving nearly three times the usual number of people and anticipates that number will continue to grow as the weather gets colder. For the safety of the community, this year’s Thanksgiving meal will be served as a carry-out only meal. Masks are required to enter the building. (limit of four meals per individual).

“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,’ said Rev. Donovan Coley, Senior Pastor and CEO of The Rescue Mission. “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.”

Coley continued, “Nearly 100 volunteers prepared turkeys for distribution during the weeks of November 8th through November 19th. The event is known as “Turkeypalooza.” Volunteers have prepared enough food for over 4,000 meals to ensure no one in our community goes hungry.” On the menu this year is turkey, potatoes, green beans, stuffing, and desserts of all kinds. Meal serving starts at 3 PM and will end at 7 PM.

The Rescue Mission would like to thank AG Rentals and Management and the many other sponsors and donors for their gifts that in part, has made this meal possible. The Rescue Mission’s Holiday meals are made possible by generous donations of food items, cash gifts, and the assistance of nearly 100 volunteers.


About The Rescue Mission
After more than 118 years of evolution and adaptation, The Rescue Mission remains steadfast in its mission to “provide, through the power of Jesus Christ, a home for the homeless, food for the hungry, and hope for their future.” In partnership with the caring businesses, agencies, churches, and individuals in the Fort Wayne area, The Rescue Mission remains committed to serving the community and those in greatest need. For more information or to make a donation, visit

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