Every year, H-E-B’s Feast of Sharing aims to fight hunger, enrich the community and ensure that all families are able to enjoy the holidays with one another.
This year, the event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the McAllen Convention Center.
The event provides traditional Thanksgiving meals and entertainment to cities throughout the state and parts of Mexico.
Other feasts will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Harlingen Community Center, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at Port Isabel High School, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Fort Ringgold Elementary School in Rio Grande City and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in the St. Joan of Arc Parish in Weslaco.
“The Feast of Sharing is a community dinner that H-E-B has hosted in Brownsville for the last 25 years,” said Letty Coronado, the event coordinator in Brownsville. “It brings the community together to enjoy a warm meal, fun and entertainment.”
Feast of Sharing is expected to serve more than 10,000 community members and displaced hurricane victims in Brownsville.
“There is a lot of people who came to Brownsville to live with family for a while until things get back to normal where they live,” Coronado said, referring to victims of Hurricane Harvey, which struck the Houston area on Aug. 25. “They will be probably be attending the dinner.”
About 600 volunteers from the H-E-B food stores, Brownsville Independent School District and community organizations will help serve the meals.
The meal will consist of turkey, stuffing, green beans, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.
Live entertainment will also be featured. Family oriented activities, such as face painting, are also planned at all locations.
“Our company owner, [Charles Butt], is big on community,” Coronado said. “He wants to see the community strive. He wants to make sure that the community knows that, yes, we are a business, but we are here to make sure that we support our community in any way we can.”