PHOENIX - Hundreds of volunteers and staff members at St. Vincent de Paul prepped food for thousands of families on Thanksgiving.

Dozens of them arrived as early as 3 a.m. to get the cooking under way. About 150 turkeys were cooked, according to the head chef, Christopher Hoffman. He took care about 1,500 pounds of stuffing as he spoke to 12 News.

“St. Vincent de Paul helped me when I was out of work. Fast forward 15 years, I’m giving back and I’m part of the St. Vincent de Paul family, feeding the needy and helping just as they helped me,” said Hoffman.

About 50 volunteers spent hours chopping hundreds of pounds of vegetables, ham and fruit.

The food is made possible in great part thanks to those who donated during Turkey Tuesday. Over 22,000 turkeys were collected and that number is still going up.

About 4,500 families will be fed on Thanksgiving across five Valley locations.