Mayors dish out meals at In From The Cold luncheon

After many warm weeks, some people have been caught off guard by fall weather

Local charities from the Quad Cities came together today for the In From The Cold luncheon.

Several mayors left their desks and dished out meals to support local charities.

With temperatures diving into the 30s after many warm weeks, some people have been caught off guard by this fall weather.

One group who is especially affected by the cold is those who are homeless.

Today's luncheon was the 25th for In From The Cold. Nine Quad-City area mayors were present to serve soup to the attendants.

The meal was meant to emphasize the message of the event, "Eat simply so that others may simply eat."

Lonnie Baker was recently in a shelter and is now benefitting from a local organization called "The 180 Zone."

"What's nice about the 180 is you can graduate from there, but they don't just kick you out the door," Baker said. "They have what they call a stability home, which I am living in now, which is on the property. It's for people who are fixing to graduate or have graduated, and they just really don't have anywhere to go right now and they're still trying to figure it out."

Since 1992, the event has raised more than $340,000 for local organizations. 

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