SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Rescue Mission undertook its massive Thanksgiving meal campaign Wednesday, distributing to-go, delivery and for the first time since the pandemic in-person meals.

According to the Springfield Rescue Mission, meals were available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There was also a banquet dinner from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 10 Mill Street in Springfield.

“To see the appreciation that they have in-person, it’s a little less personable when we’re doing a drive thru we are still able to meet the need but it isn’t the same,” said Executive Director/CEO Kevin Ramsdell.

The Springfield Rescue Mission leads in meeting the needs of the poor and homeless in Greater Springfield. They provide food, shelter, clothing, medical attention, Christian counseling, literacy training, and advocacy through its Emergency Shelter, Give-Away Center, Mobile Feeding Program, Rehabilitation Center, and Transitional Living Facility, and that is all free of charge.

“One of the things we weren’t expecting to have trouble finding was pies, but our pie distributor went out of business in July,” said Ramsdell.

Ramsdell told 22News the Springfield Rescue Mission got enough food for more than 1,200 meals between deliveries that went out early Wednesday morning and the to-go boxes hat were distributed all day.