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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Midnight Mission on Skid Row served its millionth free meal of the year Wednesday to a 65-year-old volunteer.

The lunch, which consisted of barbecue chicken, rice, salad, and bread, was given to Franklin Smith around 1 p.m., according to Mai Lee of the Midnight Mission.

Olden Polynice, formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers, served Smith the landmark meal.

“This is the only place I eat. The food is great,” said Smith.

The last time the mission served a million meals in the span of a year was during the Great Depression.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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