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Niagara Mission teams with area churches, agencies to deliver 500 turkey dinners on Thanksgiving

by jmaloni
Fri, Nov 11th 2011 08:50 pm

Niagara Mission still taking orders for turkey meals this Thanksgiving

Recognizing the need to serve more and more struggling families and individuals, the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is leading the "500 Meal Mission" initiative in Niagara Falls, where staff and volunteers from area churches and the community will prepare 500 home-cooked, complete turkey dinners and deliver them to the homes of the homebound, seniors, families and anyone in need.  

The Rescue Mission is not yet "sold out" of its 500-meal capacity, so those desiring a meal can call 716-253-1463 to place an order free of charge to any household in the City of Niagara Falls or adjacent town.

"We teamed with local churches to make sure no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving," said Executive Director Shaun Smith. "Niagara Falls has been the 'forgotten city,' of Western New York for too long, and we're seeing levels of poverty and urban blight that even Buffalo doesn't have. Our purpose is to alleviate some of this by providing a complete, home-cooked turkey dinner while also bringing some of God's love along with it."

Last year, the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission served more than 3,000 meals through its outreach center and mobile RV soup kitchen. The Rescue Mission has opened its new men's shelter at 1023 Ferry Ave., and is hoping to expand to full capacity by the year's end. The Rescue Mission will provide more than 6,000 nights of shelter care per year.

About the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission

The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is a not-for-profit organization that provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to those who are homeless or impoverished. Its projects have included: The outreach center with food pantry and clothing closet; RV mobile soup kitchen; and its main men's homeless shelter house on Ferry Avenue.  For more information, visit www.niagaramissions.org

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