The Noon Exchange Club and the City of Copperas Cove hosted the 20th annual Feast of Sharing Thursday evening at the Copperas Cove Civic Center, serving several hundreds of people.
The event was catered by Big Daddy and Sons Catering, with tea provided by Bush’s Chicken and pumpkin pie donated by H-E-B. Held the Thursday before Thanksgiving every year, the meal was free and open to the public. Guests enjoyed ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, yams, corn, cranberry sauce and rolls as well as a beverage and a slice of pie.
When the event first started 20 years ago, it was for low-income families and the city and the Noon Exchange Club cooked the Thanksgiving meals themselves, according to club President Mike Blount.
Last year’s event served 658 people. This year, they prepared enough food to feed around 700. There was some concern before the event over having enough food, after past president Inez Faison posted information about the event to Facebook and within eight hours, received 1,900 views, she said. If they ran out of food, Faison joked that then she would order pizzas for everyone. Luckily, that was not the case.
By 7 p.m., the line for food had shortened and the number of serving lines had gone from two to one.
Any leftovers would be given to those helping with the Food for Families event held the next day, according to Blount. Read more.