Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Rescue Mission of Utica served nearly 1,200 meals at its Great Thanksgiving Banquet on Thursday.

150 volunteers helped serve 500 turkey dinners at the Mission's dining facility.

Other volunteers prepared and delivered 680 meals throughout the greater Utica area.

Rev Bill Dodge says that's 230 more than last year, with 75% of meal deliveries to new people.