The Springfield Rescue Mission expects to feed hundreds for Easter at its Mill Street complex in the city’s South end; hundreds in its cafeteria and hundreds more at home with meals delivered by teams of volunteers.
Rescue Mission Executive Director Ron Willoughby has noticed a shifting of more families joining the homeless for their Easter holiday meal on Saturday.
“Having the homeless here and families here is very interesting,” Willoughby said. “They’re in a good, secure place to be and can enjoy a meal together, [it] means a lot to them. That’s one reason they come.”
On the following day, Easter Sunday, Springfield Open Pantry Community Services will host hundreds more at the High School of Commerce Cafeteria.
Dozens of volunteers will prepare and serve the holiday meal to the homeless along with families with no other place to share Easter Dinner.
The agency is grateful they can once again deliver meals that day to hundreds of shut-ins across the Pioneer Valley.
“I’d like to thank Jim Brennan and American Family Urgent Care for sponsoring our meal this year,” Open Pantry Executive Director Terry Maxey told 22News. “And we’re very excited to have an opportunity to serve our community.”
By serving their Easter Dinners on separate days this Easter weekend, the Open Pantry and the Springfield Rescue Mission provide the opportunity for two meals to be enjoyed by so many hundreds in need this holiday season.