Los Angeles Mission distributes meals for 75th anniversary Good Friday/Easter event

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Organizers expect to serve 3,000 meals at today's L.A. Mission Good Friday/Easter event.

Lots of people are enjoying a good, hot meal in downtown Los Angeles today. The L.A. Mission is hosting its 75th anniversary annual Good Friday/Easter event.

Organizers expect to serve 3,000 meals this afternoon. There's a long line of folks wrapped around the block waiting to get in.

Young adults, seniors, kids and plenty of families are here. Some who who are homeless, to others just down on their luck, said they were thankful to get a good free meal. It includes mac and cheese, asparagus and pecan pie.

This morning L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his proclamation and event organizers released some doves as a symbol of hope for the Skid Row area they are serving. There are over 400 volunteers escorting people to tables, cooking and serving food.

Kids are having a ball with the Easter Bunny. They're getting some baskets too.

There's live music, a tent for footwashing – and speaking of feet, a company is giving away 2,000 pairs of shoes. There are also medical personnel offering referrals to those looking for information on health care services.

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