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Fish Fry Helps Feed Homeless In Jackson


JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Homeless shelters are the last resort for people who need help. They rely on the community for donations and support.

On Friday a local business answered the call for help by taking the catch from the Midwest Ice Fishing Tournament this winter, frying it up and serving it to the homeless.

6 News Genna Hilgenbrink was there and explains what a simple meal means to a community.

Jackson Interfaith Shelter is where people go when they have nothing else.

For some this is a place to rest their head at night, for others it’s a place to get a hot meal.

The shelter takes on most anyone from children to entire families.

“We’ve had people with employment issues, people that have housing issues, people that have been evicted,” said Michael Longoria, employee, Jackson Interfaith Shelter.

Knutsons Sporting Goods in Brooklyn helped feed the residents with fish caught from their Midwest Ice Fishing Tournament.

But today is not about business, it’s about helping people.

“They usually just throw them away, I said no no no that aint gonna work because I’ve been coming up here to serve lunches and they need fish for Fridays during lent,” said Bob Richardson, Brooklyn.

The shelter runs mostly on donations. Easter baskets line the walls from generous church groups and individuals, but there always seems to be a need for more.

With a room for up to 85 people, in this shelter, everyone is welcome.

“Last winter we had a little over 100 people at one time, right now in the men’s dormitory we can house 32 people and in the women’s dormitory we can house 52 people.”

A hot meal might not mean much to some, but to these people it’s a comfort and a necessity.

That makes the Interfaith Shelter feel a little more like home.

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