Sandy Huffaker/ Special to The Bee

Lighthouse members, from left, Angel Banagas, Ross Gilbert and Andrea Bejaran hand out meals to the homeless at the Salvation Army in San Diego. San Diego has among the largest homeless populations nationwide and with the planned release of thousands of inmates from the state’s overcrowded prison system, homeless advocates fear the problem will only worsen. An unusual ritual on Thursday nights at the Salvation Army’s Centre City Corps aims to both help at-risk youth and those just released from prison.

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