ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Union Rescue Mission is serving up Easter meals to the homeless on Good Friday, despite a drop in donations. The mission is expected to serve about 800 meals during its annual Good Friday banquet.
Just like the people coming for meals, the Orlando Union Rescue Mission is having a hard time making ends meet. They get at least 80 calls a day asking for help, but they’ve experienced significant decreases in contributions, almost 20 percent; it’s an especially big drop considering they don’t get any government money.
All that was being set aside Friday; the meal is about renewal and reaching out to the folks who need it most.
There is a half-hour chapel visit first and then those in need get a free hot meal and hygiene products, if they want them
“It’s not just food, it’s fellowship. It’s a chance to be in a safe environment where you know you’re safe, a chance to relax, to get in out of the heat,” said homeless man David Price.
The Mission is going to be serving until 2:00pm Friday. Last year they fed 700. This year, they expect at least that many and probably more.