FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Rescue Mission served its third-largest holiday meal on Easter Sunday.

More than 2,500 meals were prepared for the community. Last year, nearly 2,000 meals were served and the organization said they expected that number to be even higher this year.

The event was from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the 404 E. Washington Blvd. location. The meal was carry-out style, free, and open to everyone in the community. There was a limit of four meals per person.

“Easter is a time to celebrate the sacrifice and loving gift Jesus Christ gave to all when he died on the cross. But, for the most vulnerable in our community, Easter is another day of struggle to fulfill their basic needs,” said The Rescue Mission’s CEO and President, Donovan Coley. “A meal can provide warmth, comfort, and we hope a chance to experience the love of Jesus Christ on this important holiday.”

Director of Emergency Services, David Pitcher said that he was excited to welcome people from the community for their Easter meal.

“It’s a big day for us, we get to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ today, all western Christians come together and celebrate this and we want to share the joy that we have today with our whole community,” said Pitcher. “We just want to welcome everybody in, no matter who you are or where you are at, and get a meal and meet some of our staff and wonderful volunteers and be at peace and feel safe here,” Pitcher said.

Three hot meals are served 365 days a year, free of charge to the community.