Non-Profits, Grocery Stores Prep For Easter Sunday

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The clock is ticking to Easter Sunday and much of the Northland is preparing for that big meal after church.

For many it’s a time to spend with family, but for a handful of people that’s not an option.

Non-profits are stepping up to help out.

For most putting that big Easter ham in the oven is part of the tradition, but people who are homeless or low- income don’t have that option.

The Union Gospel mission is just one place you’ll be able to get the full Easter experience for free.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has donated 3,600 pounds of lake trout for the Good Friday meal.

Sunday, church service begins at noon and the cooks have 12 turkeys ready to go for a traditional dinner served from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“A lot of people don’t have families and their alone,” said food service manager at Union Gospel Mission, Daniel Monroe. “Last Easter I probably served like 175 people, and I expect to do the same this Easter. They’re not alone, they’re like a street family.”

Union Gospel Mission is located at 219 E. 1st Street in downtown Duluth.

Grocery stores are stocking up on those big Easter hams.

Depending on what piece of meat you choose at Super One you’ll pay anywhere from $10 to $20 for a ham.

The price is much less than what people paid last year.

“Pork was going way up, but then now we’re catching up so everything is dropping,” said Kenwood Super One meat manager, Ryan Linn. “Therefore it brings down the prices for hams or pork chops or whatever you got.”

Linn said they have already sold more than 750 hams.

They expect to sell another 700 hams Friday and Saturday.

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