It’s one of the only places in Frederick where you can grab a hot Thanksgiving meal, free of charge.
“Some of the restaurants are closed for the holidays, but here at the Frederick Rescue Mission we’re open every day,” explained kitchen manager for the Frederick Rescue Mission, Andy Anderson.
More than 350 meals will be served for the holiday lunch shift.
Prep work began Wednesday on mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey and led up to Thanksgiving Day.
Some of the cooking is being done in a less traditional kitchen, but staff still managed to whip up meals.
“We’re in the process of re-modeling our old kitchen. But, during the meantime, we decided we got this trailer that we’ve been cooking three-to-four hundred meals a day out of the trailer,” Anderson said.
The main dining room is open to anyone in need of a hot meal 365 days a year, holidays included.
More than a dozen volunteers started off their holiday helping serve others.
“If we stayed home, then these people wouldn’t have any many people helping them. And they don’t have a home, so it helps them if we’re here to help. It just seems nice to give back to the community for all that we have,” explained Thanksgiving Day volunteer for the Frederick Rescue Mission, Isaac Mikulas.
And for those digging into the holiday meal, they say they’re grateful for the operation.
“I think it’s very beautiful, and it’s very delicious. And I really appreciate what they’re doing for Thanksgiving. I really appreciate that,” said patron to the Frederick Rescue Mission, Earl Brown.
Officials say in total, 20 turkeys, 40 pounds of stuffing and 40 pounds of mashed potatoes were served for the meal.