WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Friday was a big day for the Warren Family Mission. For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Mission was able to welcome people back in to share a community meal.

An Easter meal and conversation with others in the community.

“It’s wonderful. I love seeing the little kids being so excited about Easter,” said Patty Cook, who attended the meal.

It has been more than two years since food and fellowship were offered in person at the Warren Family Mission, but on Friday, the two were together once again.

Just to put it into perspective, the last in-person meal that was held at the Mission was during Christmas of 2019.

“It’s been very tough being in the pandemic and stuff so it’s just nice to be back and around people. I feel like it’s a breath of fresh air,” said Justice Wright, who attended the meal.

“We couldn’t be more happy and excited to get back to the roots of that and just to see the faces, just to share in the fun and celebrate this year’s Resurrection Sunday,” said Dominic Mararri with the Warren Family Mission.

About 250 hams, 25 pounds of pineapple sauce and gravy and a lot of pasta were prepared and served through more than 2,600 meals in-person, delivered and to go.

Four-year-old Emma gave the dinner rolls a big thumbs up. But for others, sharing this meal together was what they missed the most.

“Everybody can get out and get around and see places. They don’t feel like they’re so isolated anymore,” said Lynette Wiseman, who attended the meal.

“It feels so good. I missed it, I missed it so much. Now it’s back and to see all these people out here, all the kids coming out, smiles on their faces, even on mine,” said Latanya McDougal, who attended the meal.