The "A Meal & A Message" had 50 tables and each table sat 8 people. By my math, that's at most dignity-maintaining seating for only 400 people. But the Detroit News and other media are reporting that over a thousand homeless were served. Some of the tables in the photo above were half empty, so I don't know who did the head count.
Where did Detroit News Reporter George Hunter get his "... more than a thousand ..." statistic? I guess that's what the press release told him to write.