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The Union Gospel Mission started an outreach program to reach those outside of Old Town in 2016.

COURTESY PHOTO: UNION GOSPEL MISSION - The Union Gospel Mission in Old Town served the traditional holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day.Portland's Union Gospel Mission expects to serve 1,000 meals to the homeless over the Thanksgivng Day week, including 300 on the holiday itself.

"I'm very thankful to everyone who has donated to UGM to help us provide every Thanksgiving meal. We could not do this without them," said Lori Quinney, food service director for Union Gospel Mission

The Old Town-based nonprofit social service agency has long served meals on Thanksgiving Day, but began an outreach Search + Rescue program in 2016 because so many homeless people were beginning to live in more remote locations.

The Old Town meals still take place at the center at 15 N.W. Third Ave. They include traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, tropical fruit salad, cranberry sauce, a dinner roll and butter, pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Guests will have the choice to sit down and dine inside or take their meal to go. They also will receive a snack sack for later in the day.

In all, the organization cooked about 85 turkeys in total and about 300 pounds of mashed potatoes.

To support UGM, visit Union Gospel Mission, call 503-274-4483, or mail a check to 3 N.W. Third Ave., Portland, OR 97209.

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