In the past there has been the Big Feast and the Super Feast – two distinct celebrations to help people in this community on Thanksgiving Day. But this year they combined forces to offer something never before seen – not just food, but services to help those families in need.
A cavernous hall inside the George R Brown Convention Center is transformed in the space of hours to a banquet hall for 30,000 people. All of the work to feed them is well underway in a nearby kitchen packed with volunteers. But this year's feast will be different than those of the last 34 years. For the first time the Super Feast and the Big Feast, hosted separately on Thanksgiving Day have combined their recipes and are offering one Big Super Feast together.
"We had services that we were providing at our event that we felt other organizations could benefit from," explained Erika Aaron with Waste Management. "Citywide Club has services at their event that they thought we could benefit from. So we decided, why not bring it under one big roof."
From clothing, to medical services, job placement, and a children's corner, the new and improved Big Super Feast is more than just a meal. And that meal -- maybe it's about the only thing that has stayed the same.
"It's a traditional Thanksgiving menu with turkey and dressing, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, peach cobbler, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie," said Stephanie Lewis with Citywide Club. "You name it, it will probably be here."
Doors open at 10am for anyone who wants to take part. The volunteers arrive at about 7am.
For more information, visit the City Wide Club website or call 713-752-CLUB.