GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds gathered at DeVos Place Thursday as the Ministry of Mel Trotter hosted its annual Thanksgiving meal.

With food prices continuing to rise, Beth Fisher, director of promotions for Mel Trotter, said the need for help is even greater this year.

“There’s going to be so many people here today who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford Thanksgiving dinner,” she said. “Also, there are so many people, just in the community, on very limited budgets. [They’re] living paycheck to paycheck.”

Fisher estimates nearly 1,500 guests will be served by the end of Thursday’s dinner. While all the food was donated, 700 volunteers still volunteered their time to prepare the food.

“We know how hard it is for our families and especially for those less fortunate than us,” said volunteer Stephanie Hester.

In total, 79 turkeys, 550 kilograms of stuffing and more than 600 kilograms of potatoes were cooked in the last few days. Guests like Emmanuel Colter had a lot to look forward to.

“The stuffing is good,” he said.

Mel Trotter also gave away a coat today to anyone in need of a warm jacket this winter as part of the Code Blue Coat Drive.

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