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Spokane chef prepares to feed thousands despite turkey shortage

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Derek Mobley isn’t concerned his kitchen is 100 turkeys short of their quota just five days before they’re set to feed 2,000 Spokanites at the Spokane Convention Center. Derek Mobley isn’t concerned his kitchen is 100 turkeys short of their quota just five days before they’re set to feed 2,000 Spokanites at the Spokane Convention Center.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Derek Mobley isn't concerned his kitchen is 100 turkeys short of their quota just five days before they're set to feed 2,000 Spokanites at the Spokane Convention Center.

Mobley is Supervisor Chef for the Union Gospel Mission. He's one of a few in charge of the Mission's big Thanksgiving dinner, which has increased in size every year.

"That's what I'm here to do,” Mobley said, “Serve the homeless.”

Mobley was homeless himself. He was dropped off at Union Gospel four years ago. He was addicted to drugs at the time.

Mobley says his stint in the Mission's homeless program helped him rediscover his passion for cooking.

“When the job opened up to come back I was very excited,” Mobley said. “This is the place the inspired me and made me the man I am.”

Now Mobley leads a team of men who are in the same place he found himself four years ago.

As Mobley looked into the empty turkey bin inside the Mission's freezer he sounded hardly worried.

“God will bless us,” he said. “And the community will help.”

Mobley says turkey shortage or not, the event will be a huge success because of what it represents.

“It gets emotional to see a child come up with a smile on their face, with gravy running down their cheek,” Mobley said. “It doesn't matter because we're there connecting with people.”

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