ROME, NY-- With just a few days until Thanksgiving, the Rome Rescue Mission is working to make sure no one in need of food goes without.
The Rome Rescue Mission will serve more than 400 meals on Thanksgiving Day this year. Matt Miller, executive director of the Rome Rescue Mission, said they always prepare for more, because sometimes the unexpected happens.
"Of course we’re always receptive to other people coming in at the last-minute emergencies, someone may have a fire, there might be a domestic dispute," he said. "So we always keep that door open as well, in addition to that for our meal we do our deliveries and will take phone calls I’ve been until Thanksgiving morning if somebody’s in need."
As of Wednesday, the mission was still 300 turkeys short of its 500 goal.
Food items needed include turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, vegetables, corn, green beans, coffee, hot cocoa, creamer, sugar, milk, juice, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, items for tossed salads, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, pies/desserts, snacks: dips, chips, cheese, crackers, nuts, candy, to go containers, gallon size freezer zip lock bags.
Monetary donations are also accepted, checks can be mailed to PO box 337, Rome NY 13440 or online at RomeMission.org.
Donations are being accepted 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday- Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m – 413 East Dominick Street.
Officials said last year, the mission fed more than 350 people on Thanksgiving Day and distributed more than 400 Thanksgiving baskets throughout the community.