H-E-B's Feast of Sharing feeds, entertains multitude
H-E-B hosted the 23rd annual Feast of Sharing at Ford Park on Friday, Dec. 6, and fed numerous people in celebration of the holiday season.
Area residents came out in droves to Ford Park to enjoy a delicious meal prepared and served by H-E-B and community volunteers. More than 6,000 meals were prepared using 1,500 gallons of mashed potatoes, 1,320 gallons of vegetable medley, 120 gallons of brown gravy, 600 pies, and 6,000 dinner rolls and soft drinks generously provided by H-E-B.
Hunter Faubion and Kelley Reeves, Nederland High School instructors and advisors of the school’s Key Club and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organizations respectively, brought student volunteers to the event to serve and assist at the feast.
“They are here to serve and interact with the kids,” Faubion said proudly, “which is a big focus of Key Club.”
He said he was pleased to bring his group of volunteers and thrilled to be joined by Reeves, who happens to be one of his former teachers from Nederland High School.
In addition to the delicious and nutritious holiday fare served with love by hundreds of volunteers, guests enjoyed spirited songs sung by students of local school districts including Martin Elementary in Beaumont, and children were able to learn and bounce to their hearts’ content with a variety of activities available onsite at the event. Guests clapped and sang along during Martin Elementary School’s lively rendition of “Jingle Bells.” The king and queen of Christmas told tales teaching children about nature, history and general good behavior while free books were given out nearby. Children lined up to toss beanbags for prizes and to create and decorate ornaments at table set up in front of a play area. Boisterously bouncing children took turns on an inflatable obstacle course and various moonwalks set up around the play area. Other youngsters danced to their favorite songs at a booth with a Nintendo Wii, and Santa himself was there to hear the wishes of the little ones who waited patiently to sit on his lap as parents snapped photos.
“Feast of Sharing supports H-E-B’s continuous efforts to serve our communities and share a spirit of camaraderie during the holiday season,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs. “Over the past 25 years, Feast of Sharing has grown to be a holiday tradition in 32 locations throughout Texas and Mexico, and we appreciate the opportunity these community dinners provide to express gratitude to our customers.”