Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 32,000 hot meals, 12,000 nights of lodging and financial assistance to more than 6,000 people.
"When I was growing up, we grew up right next door in the projects before it got torn down - Riverside Heights". "We do live in a house, but we get low on food, especially at the end of the month".
"They started early in November, bringing the napkins and the plates".
Lieutenant Amber Meo with the Salvation Army joined us to tell us more about the event.
"The people that we take things out to, they're not able to come in".
As he looked around the packed room, Logan commented, "This is a special occasion ..." "So I think there is some impact of the hurricane at this particular time".
This year, Salvation Army volunteers tried something new, Capt. He said the Goodfellows provide a check for the amount needed to buy the food.
Spokesperson Alice Wannan says this year, you'll find volunteers out at stores on the busiest days, which are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
More than 300 people were expected to be served. One volunteer's tradition is making sure everyone gets a piece of the pie during the holiday.
"They can just sit, eat, relax and listen to some nice music", Jackson said.
Latasha Walker is a stay at home mom and said she wants to set an example for her children. "When you ask them for something, the response is fantastic". A second meal, with just sandwiches, will be served from 5-6 p.m. Friday at the fellowship hall.
"I had so much fun", the veteran volunteer said.
Tabay, the sole surviving member of 13 original Filipino who signed up to serve during World War II, said he waited a long time before learning that he would be the recipient of the Congressional Medal.