Thousands of Northeast Ohioans treated to Easter meal and good company

Thousands of Northeast Ohioans in need receive opportunity to partake in Easter Sunday meal thanks to local organizations.

Thousands of Northeast Ohioans treated to Easter meal and good company

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -- It’s a chance to have a warm meal and some good company, an opportunity thousands of Northeast Ohioans don’t always see.

This Easter Sunday, St. Augustine’s Church and Hunger Center are opening their doors to those most in need in our community.

Thousands of Northeast Ohioans treated to Easter meal and good company

“Probably today we’ll serve like 19,000 people,” said Daniel Perez, program director for the St. Augustine’s Church Hunger Center.

There are 20,000 people being served on Sunday, with 10,000 alone likely being served hat the hunger center.

The group’s mission is to get a meal to everyone who needs one. They’re sending meals to people in Lorain, Lake, Summit and Geauga counties.

The organization is also making sure those without transportation have the chance to partake in this breakfast feast.

“Cosgrove Center, the women’s shelter, the number of places, the catholic center, so they make several stops, four or five stops, they bring them over," Perez said.

There are 22 other hunger agencies are serving people on Easter Sunday.

It’s a job that takes weeks to prepare and sometimes those in need are the first ones to volunteer to help others out as well.

“We’ve had a number of people come back,” said Perez.

For many, today’s meal is a lot more than just warm, nutritious food to eat.

“Today is a time for a lot of the homeless people to look toward not just a warm meal, but they look at us as family," explained Perez.

If you didn’t get to serve this Easter, you can still help out the needy and hungry by donating to St. Augustine Church.

Donations may be delivered or mailed to St. Augustine Church, 2486 West 14th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

If you need a meal during the holidays you can call 216-781-5530.

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