The Real Seafood Company serves free Thanksgiving dinner

When the Great Recession hit Toledo 4 years ago the owners of the Real Seafood Company decided to do something to help the city's less fortunate. The restaurant, normally closed on Thanksgiving, opened their doors to feed the residents of the Cherry Street Mission. "The times were tough four years ago and they are not even better today, especially for the people who are coming here today," says Mike Gibbons, president of Main Street Ventures, the parent company of the Real Seafood Company.

A total of 600 people enjoyed the free meal. Sparrow's Nest resident Louise Jackson was one of them. "The food was excellent," Ms. Jackson said. Approximately 100 volunteers served the meals. That number includes restaurant employees and their families.