ATLANTIC CITY — At this time last year, Atlantic City Rescue Mission officials were beaming. They had more turkeys than they knew what to do with, and knew they would have no problem feeding anyone who needed help, John DiMario, associate director of development said.
This year is quite the opposite. As of Monday, DiMario said he did not know what they are going to do come Thanksgiving Day, other than “look to the man above.”
Staff member Johnny Torres, of Egg Harbor Township, said the Rescue Mission currently does not have any turkeys in stock for next week, other than the 20 or so that were to be donated Monday. Torres and DiMario are asking anyone who can donate a turkey to do so.
DiMario said the Rescue Mission, located on Bacharach Boulevard, will serve more than 1,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day alone. It serves about 700 meals daily, but he said he goes to the Atlantic City bus and train terminals to draw people to the mission for a fresh meal.
Torres said they will serve Thanksgiving dinner throughout the day, from noon until 6 p.m., rather than at designated meal periods as they do on normal days.
Spectre Food Services and Hospitality, the food service company of the Atlantic City Convention Center, located across the street, will cook all the turkeys for the Rescue Mission because the kitchen is too small to handle the demand.