Seattle shelters seeing increased demand for Thanksgiving meals this year

Between meals served inside the dining room and those served through outreach programs, an expected 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners will be served.

SEATTLE — For the first time since 2019, hundreds of volunteers will gather across Union Gospel Mission’s five Puget Sound locations to prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals to people experiencing homelessness. 

Inflation impacts combined with the shelter still coming out of the pandemic are causing an increase in demand.

“Everything is just more expensive right now,” said Heidi Matthews, director of marketing at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. 

By 6:30 a.m., the dining room tables were set with orange tablecloths, flowers, and

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