November 20, 2018 12:50 PM
Volunteers at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities are packing and distributing meals to feed 20,000 people this Thanksgiving.
This is the 61st year for their Thanksgiving food distribution effort.
Organizers said the need increases every year.
"I'm thankful that they have places like this that will help people in need," said Anya McDonald, who received a package of food on Tuesday.
Representatives of the Mission said most of the food was donated to them by local families, farmers and corporations.
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Hundreds of people also donate their time to pack the bags, sort the food and pass it out to those in need.
"We have to realize we're not the only person on earth and there are many people around us," volunteer Fern Natwick said. "We have to give back however we can."
Volunteers said it's not just a Thanksgiving meal: The event also shows love and kindness to people in need.
"I thought to myself, 'You know what Lord? This is a lot more than giving people food or packing potatoes,'" volunteer Carol Coomer said. "It's listening to people who have no one that just need someone to listen to them. It was pretty awesome."
The distribution started Monday and goes until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. There is a pre-registration process to receive food.
The Mission is also serving hot meals on Thanksgiving Day.
Updated: November 20, 2018 12:50 PM
Created: November 20, 2018 12:48 PM
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