Preparations are already underway for a massive Thanksgiving meal in Vancouver's Downtown East Side.

More than a dozen Vancouver Culinary College students are helping make 3,000 turkey dinners for the Union Gospel Mission.

"It's all about the general public, the Downtown East Side people, the residents. By far they're the ones who are going to benefit. But on the same note, also the staff and the volunteers also benefit from it, too," said Randy Spark, kitchen manager at the Union Gospel Mission.

"It's such a nice feeling at the end of the day to go home and know that you've actually really helped out somebody, I just can't describe the great feeling that it is at the end of the day."

For Monday's Thanksgiving feast, the Union Gospel Mission charity expects to serve:

  • more than 1500 kilograms of turkey (about 160 birds).
  • 360 kilograms of mashed potatoes.
  • 300 litres of gravy.
  • 800 pumpkin pies.