PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Union Gospel Mission held its annual Easter meal in downtown Portland on Sunday, serving 300 meals to people experiencing homelessness.

Those meals are on top of the 600 meals delivered to camps earlier this week.

The meals include ham, au gratin potatoes, green beans with bacon and onions, a dinner roll, tropical fruit salad, and dessert to go. The Union Gospel Mission said the kitchen crew will use about 230 pounds each of ham and scalloped potatoes to make the meals. 

For many, Easter meals can mean far more than just the food itself.

“The holidays, I think, are an extra hard time for people who are experiencing homelessness,” said UGM’s Courtney Dodds. “They are maybe separated from their family, maybe missing traditions that they’ve had in the past and also don’t have the means to really celebrate the holiday in any way and so we want to help them do that.”

Another 250 Easter baskets were made for families that have a home but aren’t able to provide an Easter brunch for their families.

Lori Quinney, Union Gospel Mission’s food service director, said she’s thankful for the donors who made the 900 meals possible. 

Anyone interested in supporting the Union Gospel Mission can make a donation online