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Union Gospel Mission serving up 3,000 Thanksgiving meals in Vancouver’s DTES

The United Gospel Mission is serving up its annual Thanksgiving dinner to those in need in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Jennifer Palma has more on what it takes to pull off this massive feast.

The Union Gospel Mission will be serving up more than 3,000 Thanksgiving meals on Monday.

Staff and volunteers have been busy all morning setting up chairs and tables.

Prepping and cooking the food has been going on for the last few days.

About 130 turkeys have been cooked in preparation for the feast — that’s 2,200 pounds.

About 800 pounds of mashed potatoes have been prepared, 600 pies and 280 litres of gravy.

“We’re going to make sure that people who feel like they don’t have something to celebrate on Thanksgiving have something to be thankful for,” said Jeremy Hunka, spokesperson for the Union Gospel Mission.

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“More people are homeless now in Metro Vancouver than ever before and a lot of them need community around them to help and change their circumstances. Once they realize that, and they care, they’ll connect, and hopefully, you know, it will help them get into housing and alcohol and drug recovery programs.”

The Union Gospel Mission will be serving up meals until about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

WATCH: Jeremy Hunka of the Union Gospel Mission sits down with Jennifer Palma on BC1 to talk about how the group manages to feed 3,000 people Thanksgiving dinner… and how it’s the least they can do for those in need.

Union Gospel Mission feeding thousands of hungry people this Thanksgiving
Union Gospel Mission feeding thousands of hungry people this Thanksgiving