Rev. Sam Newman Jr. was all smiles Tuesday as he and several church members enjoyed Central Market’s annual Feast of Sharing at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
“It lifts people up,” Newman said. “For those who don’t have anything, it lets them know all of these people have their backs. They aren’t alone.”
The holiday event, which was first held in Fort Worth in 2012, is hosted by Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B, in 27 Texas and six Mexican cities and is expected to feed more than 250,000 people this year. The event was also held last week at Fair Park in Dallas.
Besides getting a meal, visitors could get a flu shot, enjoy a children’s area and visit with 65 social service agencies that were on hand.
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With the help of more than 1,200 volunteers, here’s how much food was served Tuesday:
9,250 meals served
2,500 pounds of sliced turkey breast
2,500 pounds of mashed potatoes
2,200 pounds of vegetables
2,000 pounds of cornbread dressing
2,000 pumpkin pies
200 gallons of giblet gravy
100 gallons of cranberry sauce
Helping the needy this Thanksgiving
A sampling of where to get help for holiday meals this year
Arlington Charities, 811 Secretary Drive, Arlington
People can sign up for Thanksgiving Day baskets from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17-18 at Arlington Charities. Those signing up must have a photo ID, proof of Arlington residence, proof of members of household and a $6 donation. Participants will receive a voucher with a time to pick up their basket on Nov. 23-Nov. 24.
Mission Arlington, 210 W. South Street, Arlington
People can sign up for Thanksgiving baskets, hot prepared meals or participate in a sit down meal at Mission Arlington on Thanksgiving Day. Sign up continues through Thanksgiving at Mission Arlington. Sit down meal is at 11 a.m. on Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving). Information: 817-277-6620.
Fort Worth Hope Center, 3625 E. Loop 820 S., Fort Worth
Registration can register in person on Tuesdays or Fridays before Thanksgiving for turkey baskets. Nov. 24 is the last day to register. Photo ID and proof of residence are required. Information: 817-451-6288.
Community Food Bank, 3000 Glavez Ave., Fort Worth
Registration for turkey boxes is underway through Nov. 20 at the Community Food Bank. People must register in person and have a photo ID. The charity is accepting donations for turkeys — 3,000 frozen turkeys are needed. Information: 817-924-3333 ask for Regina or Rudy Taylor.
Union Gospel Mission, 1321 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth
A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served on Nov. 25-26. Those attending are asked to arrive about 20 minutes before noon. People will be ushered to the chapel for a short sermon and music before eating.