Mission offers holiday meal

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

South Side Mission is gearing up, expecting to serve 2,000 plus meals to the elderly, homebound, poor and sometimes just lonely people of the Peoria area. 

This year, as in the past, reservations are being accepted until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for home delivery, and in-house guests may join the Mission’s Thanksgiving table without reservations at noon on Thursday.

This year is expected to be a record setting year for Thanksgiving at South Side Mission.  With the weakening economy, food pantry usage is up 27 percent over 2007, and South Side Mission served 1,000 more hot meals in October than in the same month last year.

People wishing to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including: turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, roll, and of course pumpkin pie, delivered to their home, free of charge, should call the South Side Mission at 676-4604. The Mission’s volunteer team will deliver all requested meals within a 25-mile radius on Thursday morning with a smile and warm wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving meal delivery is a ministry of the South Side Mission; “The Lighthouse on Laramie” has been serving Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate of our community for more than 50 years. Since the Mission began 83 years ago, programs have moved from reactive to proactive, and the Mission now addresses the contributory factors of homelessness, addictions, and under-education beginning in the preschool and youth programs, and continuing through teen education, College Club, and the New Promise Center.  For more information on the South Side Mission, call 676-4604.