Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Rescue Mission of Utica is reporting another successful run of its Easter meal and service program over the weekend. Debbie Kenyon, Director of Development for the non-profit Christian group says thanks to the support from the community during it's Easter Meal Appeal, the mission was able to help more people this year. "We served 348 meals to folks in our residential programs, as well as, folks from the community come in," she said.

She says unfortunately the down turn of the economy still seems to be affecting some in the community. "We did see a slight increase this year from over last year, every year we seem like, wow, you know, the need continues to grow and again this year we did see, I would say close to 50 people more than we did last year," she said. She says the Mission's aim is to ensure that no one goes hungry on Easter, and to bring about the true meaning of the religious holiday.