Thousands partake in Houston's Superfeast

November 24, 2011 4:55:18 PM PST
Thousands of volunteers will spend their Thanksgiving holiday feeding thousands of families at the annual Waste Management Superfeast.

The amount of people in need of a free meal could set a record. Organizers are expecting to feed about 10,000 people.

It's the 27th year of the Superfeast, and it's all possible thanks to people donating their time.

On this day of thanks, volunteers were up before the sun unpacking boxes and setting up for a feast to feed thousands of Houstonians.

This is the 27th year of the Superfeast, designed to offer anyone in the city a Thanksgiving meal and people to share it with.

"In the past year or so, if it doesn't come in a can, I don't eat it," Thomas Fuller said.

It was Fuller's first time at Superfeast and he started standing in line at 7am for a hot, fresh turkey dinner.

"There's plenty of food and I'm going to be here until they stop serving," He said, laughing.

This is going to be one of the biggest Thanksgiving feasts the city of Houston has ever offered. If you're wondering what it takes to put together a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people, here it is: 4,000 pounds of turkey, 1,000 pounds of dressing, 4,000 pounds of green beans and 4,000 pounds of whole cranberries. Plus, enough pies to wrap around city hall.

For Fuller and others who are being served today, it's more than just a day of feasting, but a day of sharing in the spirit of giving thanks.

"[It's] truly a blessing to be here [and I] just want to say thanks for everything," Fuller said.

Superfeast lasts until 3pm. None of the food will go to waste. Any excess food will be donated to the Houston Food Bank and other food pantries.

In addition to the feast, there's also a clothing drive at City Hall. You can bring donations to the corner of Smith and Walker.

And there's another feast happening down the street. Houston's City Wide Club is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Big Feast at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It expects to feed more than 35,000 Houstonians this year. Food will be served from 10am to 4:30pm. Everyone is invited.

The Salvation Army is also helping families in need this Thanksgiving by providing 10,000 homemade meals, available at several area locations. You can grab one at the Harbor Light Center, Conroe Corps Community Center or the Salvation Army family residence on McGowen.

That's not the only place in Conroe giving out Thanksgiving meals. The Ark Family Church in Conroe is organizing efforts to cook, feed and distribute 16,000 meals. They are distributing the meals at the church on Humble Tank Rd. as well as 32 other distribution sites throughout Montgomery County.

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