Bowery Mission Serving Thousands Of New Yorkers In Need At 140th Thanksgiving Dinner – CBS New York
A line stretched around the corner as thousands braved the cold, all for a hot meal.
“We have cut over 625 turkeys, about 7,000 pounds of potatoes, a lot of bread for stuffing, gravy. We wouldn’t be able to get this done without the help we get,” said Raffaele Depalma-Executive Chef, Bowery Mission.
It’s all hands on deck for the 500 volunteers at the Bowery Mission who have been prepping the Thanksgiving meal every day for the last week.
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Bob Benfield came all the way from North Carolina to give back, helping to serve meals every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It’s a ministry. There’s people that just need food, but you got to feed them physically before you can try to feed them spiritually. That’s the whole purpose of the Bowery Mission,” he told CBS2’s Charlie Cooper.
Thanksgiving Day is the Mission’s biggest day of the year. Volunteers will be serving 7,000 meals on this day alone.
Guests were excited to see Michael Bloomberg stop in to wish them well and pass out bags of socks, winter hats, gloves and hygiene items.
“As long as there are people who are in need, there needs to be more of these types of soup kitchens and more compassionate staff that can minister to the needs of those that are broken in spirit and in mind,” one man said.
“Even though this is the day when you’re supposed to be with your family, you can actually make family anywhere you go,” another man said.
And that alone is worth being thankful for.
The Bowery Mission will also distribute food to 25 partners in all five boroughs and in Newark.