Springfield Rescue Mission preparing to provide Easter dinner to homeless, families in need

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Rescue Mission is preparing for their Easter weekend dinner for the homeless and families in need. 

The rescue mission will provide food for at least 500 people beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The dinner will be held at its Mill Street complex and at least 200 of those dinners will be delivered to shut-ins throughout the area.

Food donations will be accepted all day Friday from 8 a.m. in the morning until 8 p.m. at night. The Springfield Rescue Mission executive director said there is an ongoing need for more hams, milk, and butter.

“It’s for everybody because the person that gives gets a lot of joy out of giving as well as knowing that it’s bringing someone else a lot of joy and hope for the holidays,” said Ron Willoughby.

The Open Pantry social service agency of Springfield will feed hundreds during their Easter dinner on Sunday afternoon. 

The agency has expressed concern about meeting the need for volunteers to serve those meals.

Volunteers should report to the Springfield High School of Commerce cafeteria Sunday morning. Food will be served at noon. 

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