FORT WORTH, Texas (TBEN) – 2500lb sliced brisket, 2000lb sausage, all ingredients plus dessert – that’s on the menu at this year’s “Feast of Sharing” at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, hosted by HEB/Central Market.
“Last year we only had about 4,000 people,” said Austin Jourdes, General Manager of Fort Worth Central Market. “This year we will unexpectedly, or maybe we should have expected, serve 8 to 10,000 people.”
Julie Schulze is one of 600 volunteers ready to help in any way they can. She knows from her own experience how expensive it can be to put together such a meal.
“I have a family of five to feed and we see that grocery bill every week,” she said. “It picks up a little bit more. Things I didn’t think much about before, I think, do we really need that? Where can we cut things that aren’t necessary?”
Feeding Texas, the state’s largest hunger relief agency, estimates that one in eight Texans experience food insecurity. One in five children is hungry.
“People are really struggling and there are a lot of things going on right now,” said participant Tim Woolum. “It’s just… the cost of food is unreal and it’s hard for a lot of people to eat.”
He said enjoying a meal with his family means everything. Nobody was hungry.
“Really blessed to have something like this!” he said.
For those who couldn’t make it Wednesday night, HEB/Central Market is hosting another “Party of Sharing” in Dallas Nov. 29. If you are interested in volunteering, see more information here.
In addition, Kroger is working to fight hunger this holiday season. Now through December 24, you can visit any Kroger location and make a donation to their “End Hunger Here” campaign at checkout. It will help the North Texas Food Bank, Tarrant Area Food Bank and other local food banks.