Seattle shelters seeing increased demand for Thanksgiving meals

Between meals served inside the dining room and those served through outreach programs, 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners are expected to be served.

SEATTLE — For the first time since 2019, hundreds of volunteers will gather at Union Gospel Mission’s five Puget Sound locations to prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals to the homeless.

The inflationary impact combined with the shelter-in-place still coming out of the pandemic is driving demand up.

“Everything is more expensive these days,” said Heidi Matthews, marketing director at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

By 6:30 a.m., the dining room tables were covered with orange tablecloths, flowers, and places decorated by local students.

Norm Hummel, food service manager, said: “We’ve prepped a couple of turkeys so it smells like going to grandma’s. We want people to walk in and feel like visiting. family”.

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Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is a non-profit ministry founded in 1932. Their mission is to provide food and care for the homeless and address root causes that break the cycle of homelessness. housing.

Between meals served in the dining room and those served through outreach programs, Hummel said 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners will be served.

But the demand doesn’t stop after Thanksgiving.

“As we head into the colder months, we have more demand for socks, thicker coats and blankets,” says Matthews, adding that the organization could use more volunteers throughout the season. ceremony.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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