Updated: November 26, 2020 05:38 PM
Created: November 26, 2020 04:22 PM
The Union Gospel Mission in Duluth handed out free hot meals today for Thanksgiving.
The hot turkey meals came with pumpkin pie and were available to be up curbside for thankful recipients.
The mission has seen a big uptick it people utilizing their services since the pandemic began, but for them it is worth it to bring a small spark of joy to people’s lives.
"We've been doing this since day one of the pandemic, serving the full hot meals, and there are days when we're pretty tired,” said Susan Jordahl-Bubacz the executive director of Union Gospel Mission, “but I'll tell you what, people are so grateful and we just keep on keeping on because the necessity is there and because it's what you do in a crisis. You know Union Gospel Mission was created 1922, 98 years ago, to feed the people in the depression. It was for food, shelter, and hope and we haven't seen anything like that since that day and we're back at it being consistent. It’s what you do. It's why we're here"
Jordahl-Bubacz said that the budget was been tighter this year because of higher demand, unexpected COVID related costs, and the inability to raise money like in year’s past.
Union Gospel Mission is accepting food and money donations to help with their continual efforts.
The mission is located at 219 E 1st S.
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