A lot of organizations across the Twin Cities aim to help people and offer a hot meal. One of those groups -- Good in the Hood -- is celebrating their 10th anniversary.
Good in the Hood operates out of the Cedar Crest Church in Bloomington, with only about 50 members. Pastor Shawn Morrison orchestrates their efforts across several locations throughout the Twin Cities, feeding 1,500 people every month.
As they gear up for the holidays, Good in the Hood leaders and volunteers expect to top their own previous records as demand continues to grow.
"We want to be good stewards of whatever we have coming in as income," Morrison said.
On average, a family of four will walk with 100 lbs of food each time they visit. On this ten-year anniversary, volunteers are preparing to serve more people than they ever have before.
Good in the Hood plans to do 3,000 Thanksgiving baskets this year, up from 2,100 last year.
"That's telling me even though the economy is hurting there's still a lot of people out there hurting and hungry and could use a boost," Morrison said.
Many of the volunteers who work at the food pantry twice a month have also been on the receiving end. Ulysses Benton said Pastor Morrison turned his life around.
"I met him in south Minneapolis, walking the streets because I was in dire need," Benton said. "So it happened that I met Pastor Shawn who said come have a meal with us. That's the kind of guy he is."
Benton now helps run the Shoe Away Hunger program. Through various connections, old shoes are recycled and turned into cash for more groceries.
Find out how you can donate, volunteer or get help at http://www.goodinthehood.org/