FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Rescue Mission served over 3,000 meals to families in need on Friday.

Last Christmas, more than 2,000 meals were served. The Rescue Mission is serving over two times the usual number of people for this time of year and anticipates that number will continue to increase as the weather gets colder.

Rev. Donovan Coley, the president and CEO for the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, says about 200 volunteers have helped out this week for Friday’s meal distribution.

“People want to give back, and so they’re driven by their passion to serve and also out of their Christian witness in many cases,” Rev. Coley said. “So I’m thankful for these volunteers.”

One of the volunteers was Dave Jones, who has been working in the community for 40 years. He was first compelled to help the Rescue Mission when he wanted to make sure anyone could have a hearty meal during the holidays.

WANE 15 also sat down with Jacob and Michael, two of many people who received a meal on Friday. Watch below as they reflect on what this program and the Rescue Mission means to them.

All meals are free and are open to the community via carry out at the 404 E. Washington Blvd.

Hours are from noon – 3 p.m. on Friday, and the limit is four meals per person. Masks are required to enter.