It’s a tradition which seems to get bigger every year.
The Union Gospel Mission will host its all-day, family-style Easter dinner.
About 3,000 meals will be served up thanks to the help of over 200 volunteers in all three of its locations.
It’s no small feast either: 2,500 pounds of ham, 900 pounds of scalloped potatoes, 750 pounds of mixed vegetables, and everything from pineapple sauce to apple pies and ice cream will be on the menu.
One such volunteer is Glen Bannister. He knows firsthand the importance of the UGM.
The 55-year old will be volunteering for the first time this year, after relying on the mission for several years.
“I had money for dope, but never money for groceries. So, that when I started accessing their facility, and if it wasn’t for the UGM I’d probably would have perished in all honesty.”
Bannister says he’s now been sober since April 2012, following a stroke. He’s housed in the UGM’s low income housing and is thriving.
Bannister spoke with CKNW’s Jill Bennett this morning.
Meals will be served to members of the community until about 4:30 Saturday afternoon.