San Francisco’s Glide Memorial United Methodist Church will be feeding about 5,000 homeless or at-risk city residents during its Thanksgiving celebration Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

Starting at 9 a.m., meals will be available at the Tenderloin church, where a Thanksgiving celebration will also be held at 10 a.m., according to Glide spokeswoman Denise Lamott.

The kitchen at Glide provides about 2,600 meals each day to homeless and at-risk people in San Francisco, which is a 29 percent increase compared to two years ago, Lamott said.

The church is expected to hand out about twice that amount Thursday, when more than 850 volunteers are expected to help out. Lamott said the Thanksgiving meal will include all the usual holiday fixings such as mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing.

Volunteers will be arriving as early as 6 a.m. to prepare for a 7 a.m. breakfast at the church, followed by the busy dinner meal time from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lamott said.

Glide is located at 330 Ellis St. For more information on the church, or to donate to the Glide Foundation, visit

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