What it takes to prepare a meal for hundreds

If you think preparing your Thanksgiving meal is a lot of work, imagine what it’s like preparing eighteen hundred meals. Well that’s what they’re doing at the Utica Rescue Mission.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 6:11 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2017 6:26 PM

This story is better told by the people putting Thanksgiving dinner together at the Rescue Mission:
Jim Haid, Executive Director Rescue Mission: "We’ll be serving 7-800 people in our dining room on Thanksgiving Day, and then we’ll be delivering another 1000 meals out into the community."

Brittany Dipietro, Volunteer: "It’s actually the days leading up to that they usually need some extra set of hands doing the prep because a lot of the kitchen prep happens before Thanksgiving Day."

Lucas Richmond, Rescue Mission Food Service Director: "A lot of prep involved. A lot of prep. We’ve been prepping for weeks now and a lot of it comes down to just planning and timing and the donations is everything."

Shannon Corelli, Rescue Mission Daytime Cook: "And not to mention what we give out to the community. We give away the turkeys and all that stuff too so that’s another added element on top of the food preparation and the daily meals that we put out."

Lucas Richmond, Rescue Mission Food Service Director: "Everything here will be moving into a flow. We go to the ovens and to the brazer to the kettles to the steamers then we move all the way up to the hotline here and right out here is where we serve."

Shannon Corelli, Rescue Mission Daytime Cook: "Luckily we got some cold storage this time of year. I mean if it was any other time of year we’d probably be in a pickle."

Jim Haid, Executive Director Rescue Mission: "Hundreds of volunteers will be here tomorrow for Thanksgiving, but there’s volunteers already coming in as you see behind me cutting pies right now. We have volunteers in the kitchen. We have volunteers to help sort the food."
Lucas Richmond, Rescue Mission Food Service Director: "As you can see we’ve got things ready to go here. We have more ready to go here. We have another cooler out there. We have a freezer downstairs, cooler over here, so we’re utilizing every little bit of space that we have."

Brittany Dipietro, Volunteer: "This is just one day out of the year that they are serving to those in need. This is one particularly busy time that they really need our help.

Jim Haid, Executive Director Rescue Mission: "The need is growing. I mean we’re seeing a number of people who live in the Utica, particularly the Utica community that live below the poverty line, and we want to be a blessing to them."

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