Bay Area Rescue Mission’s massive pre-Thanksgiving banquet set for Wednesday


Since many homeless shelters and organizations open up their kitchens to hungry families and individuals on Thanksgiving Day, the Richmond-based Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM) puts on a massive feast a day early, expanding opportunities for free meals.

Starting at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, BARM will offer traditional meals along with live music at its annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet at Richmond Memorial Auditorium. Meals will continue to be served through 2 p.m.

Up to 85 volunteers will be on hand to serve guests. Those seeking to volunteer should go here.

Aside from Wednesday’s big event, BARM is serving daily meals at its headquarters at 2114 Macdonald Ave. throughout the week. The nonprofit expects to provide more than 10,000 Thanksgiving meals this season.

“Traditionally, we serve more people on Thanksgiving than at any other meal of the year,” Rev. John M. Anderson, executive director of BARM, said in a statement. “The needs in the Bay Area and across the country continue to grow.”

The Bay Area Rescue Mission was founded in 1965 and provides food, shelter, and charitable Christian assistance to the homeless, with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency.