PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - As soon as the doors opened at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Pascagoula, a crowd of hungry people rushed in, ready to eat a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
"The food was good. We had turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, yams," Lary Ward said.
Larry Ward says he eats at this soup kitchen every holiday because his funds are low and he can't afford to buy food.
"I have been homeless off and on for 13 years, and I am homeless now," Ward said.
Ward's story is similar to many of the people at Our Daily Bread.
Matthew Wells says he is struggling to support himself during these tight times, and he's thankful to have a place to go to fill his stomach.
"This is the most important thing in the city and in the hood, because we have a destination here. It's providing what we need; friendship, love, care and understanding," Wells said.
"There are a lot of homeless people out of work, so the economy has a lot to do with it," Kitchen Director Edwin Qauve said.
The number of people Our Daily Bread serves has gone up 50% this year. Director Edwin Quave says the soup kitchen is committed to feeding every person who walks through the door.
"Now we've served 25,000 to 30,000 people."
Those amazing numbers inspired mother and son team, Ian and Lea Christensen, to take a little time out of their day and feed the needy on Thanksgiving.
"These people should have a good meal at least once, and I should have to help out at least once," Ian Christensen said.