(Cleveland) - This is a big day for the many volunteers at St. Augustine Church in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.

Workers are serving up thousands of Thanksgiving Dinners for people in need of a hot meal. Sister Corita Ambro and her willing workers expect to serve 18,000 meals at their hunger center, and will deliver others to shut-ins across Cuyahoga County and beyond.

It's a long time holiday tradition made possible by countless donations. Many of the volunteers tell Newsradio WTAM 1100 they would not be anywhere else on Thanksgiving Day, and urge others to give their time as well.

Many of those receiving hot meals tell WTAM they don't know where they would go if the hunger center were not open today.

St. Augustine Hunger Center is an outgrowth of the ministry and service of St. Augustine Church.

This parish has a long history of service from its beginning in 1860 when it welcomed an impoverished immigrant community.

It provided food for the poor during the depression and hard economic times. The Hunger Center was founded as part of that outreach 35 years ago.

The Hunger Center not only provides meals but addresses other needs of the poor and the homeless such as, food, clothing, emergency funding for rent and utilities, furniture, appliances as well as avocation for those poor seeking medical help.

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(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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