Thousands Of Needy Families Served Thanksgiving Meals On Skid Row

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — You think its hard to cook for four people? Try nearly 3,500!

Kirk and Anne Douglas are among the celebrities celebrating the Los Angeles Mission’s 75th anniversary hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless on Skid Row.

This year’s event features food preparation and demonstrations with chef Roy Choi of the Kogi BBQ food truck.

“The best that I could do was add some Kogi flavor up into there, so we made a Thai chili cranberry sauce, we added some roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and then we did a lemon-herb olive oil for the vegetables,” said Kogi.

Food preparation began at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at 303 E. Fifth Street with more than 3,000 lbs. of turkey, 80 gallons of gravy, two cases of lettuce and 800 lbs. of green beans.

“What goes into this meal? A lot of love,” said Chef David Thomas.

More than 500 volunteers showed up early Wednesday morning to help, including Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

“I grew up with my father bringing me here, and my brother and my sisters, so it’s kinda just like carrying on the tradition this year,” Kardashian said.

The first meals were served at 11 a.m. with the annual Thanksgiving feast closing at 3 p.m.

Los Angeles Christian Health Centers are also providing foot care and exams.


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