Serving Thanksgiving meal at the LA Mission
Serving Thanksgiving meal at the LA Mission
Volunteering & Giving
December 10, 2015

Serving up food, song, and warmth to nourish L.A.’s homeless

Hundreds of volunteers joined celebrity chefs to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving meal for the LA Mission, feeding 3,500 homeless people.

The homeless of Skid Row in Los Angeles began lining up before dawn on Nov. 25 for the annual Thanksgiving Street Meal at the Los Angeles Mission.

The menu included 3,000 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds of sweet potatoes, and 600 pies — all coming together to feed more than 3,500 people. Celebrity chefs such as Michael Voltaggio, owner of Ink Restaurant, helped prepare the meal, and guests were served by hundreds of volunteers, including 200 from Wells Fargo.

“The holiday season is a time of love with our family and friends, but also a time of reflection, to make sure that we can help all those who may not be as fortunate as us,” said David DiCristofaro, Wells Fargo’s Greater Los Angeles Region president.

Wells Fargo donated $50,000 to help cover the cost of the day’s meals.

The New Directions Veterans Choir kicked off the meal service with a medley of patriotic songs and some oldies. The choir is dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of homeless veterans, who make up 10 percent of Los Angeles’ homeless population.