NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Volunteers at the New Orleans Mission spent the day handing out more than 1,000 Thanksgiving meals.
A hot Thanksgiving meal may be hard to come by for those who aren't sure when they'll eat next.
"I experienced being outdoors, and experienced the rain where you can't really sleep and it's too hot, it's too cold. It's not safe either, people steal your stuff. I had stuff stolen from me," Reginald Gooden said.
Celebrating Thanksgiving at the Mission means a lot to Gooden.
"I'm from Hammond, so it's like I don't really get together with people a lot, with family members, you know so it's a blessing and it's healing to my heart to be able to be around people and enjoy a meal with them," Gooden said.
The New Orleans Mission partnered with Creole Cuisine to serve 1,000 Thanksgiving meals.
"I truly can't imagine what they go through. and just to be there, to be able to help them to be part of the reason they feel whole on one day," Creole Cuisine Vice President Creole Cuisine said.
For those who can't make it to the Mission, volunteers bring the food to them.
"It's hard to put into words how important what we do, how important that it is. The homeless population here is probably about 100 times more than what people say that it is," Volunteer Thomas Ramagos said.
Despite all the work they've done, the Operations Director John Proctor at the Mission said there's still a long way to go.
"This area's been depressed for a long time. It's starting to come back but the way it's going, if we don't get more partners like what's happening between Creole Cuisine and us, progress will be slow," Proctor said.
Proctor said the Mission is trying to do more for the community but is asking for more help to address the large need.