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Volunteers serve up hundreds of meals to homeless San Diegans at Father Joe's Villages

Posted at 12:07 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 15:35:01-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- More than 400 homeless San Diegans on Tuesday were served hot meals at Father Joe's Villages’ annual Christmas Eve lunch.

Dozens of volunteers with the Franklin Antonio Public Lunch Program put on aprons and served roasted turkey and all the trimmings.

The meal took two days to prepare, and all the guests were served restaurant style at the Paul Mirabile Center on 15th Street.

"This is an opportunity for us to show some compassion and love and make them feel like our guest," said Deacon Jim Vargas, president of Father Joe's Villages.

Vargas blessed the meal just before 11 a.m. and hundreds began to eat.

Miesha Mac spent two days with her team in the kitchen preparing for the holiday meal.

"It's rewarding because when I walk out these doors, people are stopping me before I can get to my car … 'Oh my, it’s so good, oh that was great.' I love that feeling," she said. "When they come to me and say you did awesome with the meal, I know I did my job."