South Side Mission Feeds Thousands on Thanksgiving

By WEEK Reporter

November 25, 2010 Updated Nov 25, 2010 at 7:56 PM CDT

The South Side Mission in Peoria handed out close to 2,000 Thanksgiving dinners to people in need Thursday.

Mission volunteers say the need is greater this year from middle class neighborhoods outside of Peoria.

The unemployment rate in Illinois is still above 9%.

More than 500 people volunteered to drop off Thanksgiving meals to those who are home bound.

"The needs have changed," said Meg Newell, of the South Side Mission. "We have some requests from places we haven't typically delivered to. We had requests from Morton and Dunlap which is something new for the South Side Mission. Our address does not insulate us from need. There are people who live in affluent neighborhoods who are in need."

Newell says around 300 people typically come to the South Side Mission to eat a traditional holiday meal on Thanksgiving.

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