The New York City Rescue Mission held its annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet in Chinatown on Monday.
Volunteers said with more people turning to food pantries and soup kitchens for help, it is important to make sure no one goes hungry during the holidays.
"It's the best Thanksgiving I've had in a very long time. I'm happy to be here," said one diner.
"It means a chance to share, to enjoy a good meal," said another.
"This kind of event shows that there are people all over the city, from elected officials, to community leaders, to celebrities who come together and really want to help," said Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond.
NY1 did its part, with anchors Elizabeth Kaledin, Kristen Shaughnessy and Cheryl Wills lending a helping hand.
A report by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger found last year more than half of emergency food agencies could not keep up with demand.