"You know I am facing leaving here and going to a homeless shelter," he said. "So I know this meal will be appreciated. And I'm happy to help."
Phil Slavens, assistant superintendent of re-entry, said the annual stuffing project is just one more way offenders at the facility can give back to the community.
"And I actually knew Rev. Sanders," Slavens said. "He used to come here to see the kids from his flock Ñ his congregation. He was the nicest person."
In 1959 Rev. Dr. Mozel Sanders was appointed as pastor of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis. He worked diligently to provide his congregation and the surrounding community with their needs.
Sanders received statewide recognition and awards for his work. He was best known for feeding families in need and creating the Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Dinner.
After his death in 1988, his son, Rev. Roosevelt Sanders, created the Mozel Sanders Foundation to continue the work of its name-sake.
The stuffing was picked up from the facility at 4:15 a.m., still warm from the ovens. It was transported to Ball State University where countless volunteers prepared the rest of the meal.
The food was then distributed to more than 40 satellite sights in and around Indianapolis.