Hundreds turn out for Thanksgiving meal at Union Gospel Mission | News
The Union Gospel Mission served a record number of meals Wednesday during its annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Spokane Convention Center.
"There's such a huge need, just with the economy and what's going on in the world right now, there's just a lot of people struggling," UGM Chef Steve Viers said.
In two hours, UGM and dozens of volunteers served 1,120 meals.
"550 pounds of potatoes, 320 pounds of green beans, 120 gallons of gravy, 420 pounds of stuffing, 180 turkeys," Viers said.
All the food was donated by local companies. It took Longhorn Barbeque several days to smoke all 180 turkeys.
Angie Best is on a limited budget and couldn't afford to prepare a Thanksgiving meal on her own.
Best and her two daughters spent nearly an hour eating turkey, stuffing and sipping on hot chocolate.
"Food was fabulous," Best said
"It was the best Thanksgiving ever," Best's daughter, Nevaeh, said.
"It's humbling to have people serve you and come in and everybody's the same," Best added.
In addition to the meals, UGM also gave away warm socks, hats and gloves for the winter months.