BOISE -- More than 1,300 homeless people were treated to a Christmas meal courtesy the Old Chicago restaurant chain.
Folks waited in lines in the cold in eager anticipation of the Italian-flavored feast.
Food served for free included pizzas, pastas, hand-tossed salads and toasted garlic bread. Each guest also received a holiday dessert and alcohol-free beverage.
It was the 9th year for the event.
M.A. Taylor has been volunteering for several years. He says, "It's kind of sad that we need to have these things but then again those of us who are a little better off can give a little back and that's a great thing."
Taylor says it's a wonderful experience volunteering at the event as well. "It's kind of sad that we need to have these things but then again those of us who are a little better off can give a little back and that's a great thing."
Children were given backpacks filled with school supplies. Kids also got to visit and pose for a professional picture with Santa.
Partners in the meal included the Boise Rescue Mission, Lighthouse Rescue Mission, City Light Home for Women and Children and Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Service; the CraftWorks Foundation, sponsors Albertsons/SUPERVALU, Tree Top Ranches, US Foods, Pepsico, SND Coffee, Hormel, and others in the local Boise community.
Maria Ordaz was there eating with her fmaily. She tell us, "That is great, it's relaly helpful and it shows that they really support the community, even the people in need."