Valley Rescue Mission sees increase in free meals

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The temperatures are in the 90's, and so are the numbers of those needing a dinner at the Valley Rescue Mission in Columbus.

On Monday, the kitchen staff served a record 90 meals, much higher than the average number of 40.

"It's the economy," said Robert Morgan from Valley Rescue Mission. "People just don't have the money and this is where they come to eat because this is why we're here."

Meals are provided daily for the homeless population of Columbus, as well as for those in the community who do not have the means or ability to cook for themselves.

The growth in numbers is being attributed to the high number of people living in poverty in the Columbus area.

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