HEB’s Feast of Sharing will feed thousands on Tuesday

Volunteers at the HEB Feast of Sharing on Nov. 22, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)
Volunteers at the HEB Feast of Sharing on Nov. 22, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Palmer Events Center is transforming into a massive dining room for the 27th annual ‘HEB Feast of Sharing’.

Thousands of HEB partners and community volunteers will work to prepare and serve more than 14,000 meals to residents of Austin on Nov. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. Altogether, 3,500 pounds of sliced turkey; 3,500 pounds of mashed potatoes; 3,080 pounds of vegetable medley; 280 gallons of brown gravy; 1,400 pies; 14,000 dinner rolls and soft drinks will be served.

The Thanksgiving meal will be prepared on site in the HEB Mobile Kitchen that will serve as the host site for all the staff to prepare and cook the holiday meal. The mobile kitchen has the capability to prepare more than 6,400 meals per hour. It is paired with a 53′ refrigerator trailer for the transportation of perishable food items and supplies designed specifically for Feast of Sharing and to respond to disaster emergency relief efforts.

Volunteer at the HEB Feast of Sharing in Austin on Nov. 22, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)
Volunteer at the HEB Feast of Sharing in Austin on Nov. 22, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)

“32 other cities will be getting Feast of Sharing dinners all over the state of Texas, so our team travels, they are doing a Feast of Sharing dinner every day until Christmas day across Texas. We will serve over 250,000 Texans with our Feast of Sharing dinners,” said Leslie Sweet, Director of Marketing for HEB.

Attendees of the Feast of Sharing dinner will enjoy live entertainment with performances by the Lake Travis High School Fiddlers; Fabtones, a Beatles tribute band; Jonas Alvarez Band; and Wesley Inter-generational Choir. There will also be a Children’s Area for kids to enjoy arts and crafts with help from The Contemporary Austin.

“Not everybody is in the same situation and we just kinda want them to forget about their troubles today, come in, join us and we are going to serve them a hot meal,” said Danny Flores with HEB.

It’s more than just the food. Now in its sixth year, the HEB Community Connection will host over 15 nonprofits on-site offering social services outreach to guests, including care for elderly, volunteer health clinics, and information about shelters and community aid centers.

Free parking will be available in the Palmer Events Center parking garage or attendees can visit one of the following HEB locations to pick up a complimentary one-day bus pass (available first come, first serve) for the event, courtesy of Capital Metro and HEB:

  • H-E-B #1 at 2701 E. 7th St.
  • H-E-B #2 at 6607 S. IH-35
  • H-E-B #3 at 1000 E. 41st St.
  • H-E-B #8 at 2400 S. Congress Ave.
  • H-E-B Plus #12 at 2508 E. Riverside Dr.
  • H-E-B #13 at 7112 Ed Bluestein #125
  • H-E-B #15 at 9414 N. Lamar
  • H-E-B #30 at 1801 E. 51st

Please visit www.capmetro.org for route and schedule information.

HEB will also sponsor the making of meals for those who are unable to attend the Feast via Meals on Wheels and More! on Thanksgiving Day to provide meals to home-bound individuals in Austin and surrounding areas.