MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Rescue Mission is continuing their Thanksgiving tradition by feeding the homeless.

Thanksgiving is a time to be surrounded by family and friends but that’s not always possible for some people. That’s where the Miami Rescue Mission comes in. It makes sure that everyone has somewhere to go to give thanks and enjoy a good meal.

The Miami Rescue Mission and its Broward Outreach Centers in Hollywood and Pompano Beach are feeding thousands of people this Thanksgiving.

The development director for the Miami Rescue Mission said homelessness is an epidemic.

“It’s because of foreclosure. It’s economic issues. People who used to say ‘I’m one paycheck away from being homeless’, it has happened,” said Marilyn Brummit.

The Miami Rescue Mission hopes people use the Thanksgiving event to enroll into one of their programs.

A traditional meal is served at the Mission. Chefs have been preparing all week and are grateful to give something back to the community.

Head chef Calvin McFadden is also a graduate of the Mission and has been working there for a decade.

“Today we’re expecting to serve between 1,500 and 2,000 meals,” said McFadden. McFadden and the rest of the kitchen staff started prepping for this massive meal more than a week ago. They’ll be serving more than 250 turkeys, 600 pounds of mashed potatoes, 150 pounds of stuffing, 50 gallons of gravy and 250 scrumptious pies.

More than 600 volunteers are taking part in Thursday’s Great Thanksgiving Banquet and Outside Block party.

Jennifer Elegant brought her son to the mission to volunteer.

“We just like to do nice things in our community. We also support Miami Rescue Missions policy that nobody is homeless.”

The Miami Rescue Mission has three campuses in Miami-Dade and Broward but it’s not just about the food.

The homeless can also get a free haircut and shower and get information about programs could possibly help them get off the streets.