MALDEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Thanksgiving morning was off to a rocky start when one head cook called out sick just hours before they were supposed to begin preparing meals for over a thousand Malden residents.
Luckily, there were two professional cooks from Wood and Fire Neapolitan Pizzeria among the many volunteers that gathered in Malden to help serve Thanksgiving meals to the community.
"I was just about to start my prayer time and I said okay I need you, Lord," Bread of Life Executive Director Gabriella Snyder Stelmack said with a laugh. "And look, God answered [the] prayer."
This year, Bread of Life prepared and delivered around 1,300 meals. Volunteers from all over the region came to help. Grace, a Nashua, New Hampshire resident, packaged around 1000 pieces of pie alongside her sister, aunts, and cousins.
"It's a lot, but it's honestly fun to be here with everyone and just like the energy's awesome and we're all having fun," Grace said.
Bread of Life served about 300 people in the Malden High School's cafeteria and sent out an additional 1000 meals to be delivered by volunteers including Malden Mayor Gary Christenson.
"I'm on my way to deliver 19 meals and [then] I'll come back and keep doing them as long as they need me to," Mayor Christenson.
Bread of Life holds the event every year to give back to the community and make sure everyone has a hot meal on Thanksgiving.