UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 2:19pm
Waco, Tx — Only one event brings thousands of Central Texans together at the table for the holidays, HEB’s 23rd Annual Feast of Sharing. For many, it's become a part of their holiday tradition.
More than six thousand Waco and area residents gather at the Extraco Events Center in Waco to partake in the Feast of Sharing.
“I love the way everybody gives back to the community and they help everybody,” said Monique Giles, who has attended the feast for five years now.
The event, which is hosted by HEB, is a way the chain thanks the community and brings together a spirit of camaraderie, just in time for the holidays.
“I live alone, and I love people. And, this is why I’m out here to help somebody else or meet another friend,” said Waco resident Jimmie Barnard, who has enjoyed the feast four times.
“We invite the whole community to come out, and really it’s our intention to feed the needy and bring folks together during the holidays,” said feast coordinator, Tamra Jones, Public Affairs Specialist for HEB.
Besides Waco, HEB also hosts similar feasts in 32 other cities, mostly in Texas and some in New Mexico.
“There are some people that can’t afford to fix a holiday meal, so this is a good way to get them out. And, some people live alone. That matters too,” said four time attendee Nancy Kirkpatrick.
15-hundred pounds of ham and potatoes, 120 gallons of gravy, 600 pies, six thousand dinner rolls, and soft drinks all went into making this feast a success.