Feast of Sharing


It’s our favorite time of year at Central Market! Not only is it the beginning of the holiday season, but also a time where we all come together to serve the community at our annual Feast of Sharing event. This will be the sixth annual event in Dallas and the first time ever to be held in Fort Worth.

The Feast of Sharing dinner is a free holiday celebration and is open to people of all ages. The celebration includes a free Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey and all the trimmings. Central Market is prepared to serve up to 20,000 people combined during the 5-hour events in both cities. In addition, the celebrations include a Family and Social Services Area and Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, face painters and photos with Santa Claus. A full lineup of live music will add to the festive atmosphere, including in Fort Worth the Western Hills High School Drum line and Color Guard, FWISD Honor Choir, The Texas Girls’ Choir, Kids Who Care, Wade Hatton & the Texas Hat Band and many more. In Dallas, groups include blues singer, Andrea Dawson; The Superkings, New Orleans-style jazz; Canta Rhythm and Brass, Downtown Fever and others.
 
What makes this event so unique? Guests are served a complete Thanksgiving dinner by a wait staff of volunteers bringing meals to the tables, a significant departure from similar events where meals are dished out in cafeteria-style lines. This personal service lends a sense of warmth and celebration. In addition, more than 600 volunteers from Central Market/H-E-B store, individuals, and organizations from throughout the community will be on hand at each event to dish up and serve the dinners, which will be prepared in a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen. 
 
The Mobile Kitchen, specially designed for H-E-B is the true workhorse behind the Feast of Sharing dinner. It’s a 45-foot trailer equipped to cook more than 2,500 meals per hour.  The kitchen is operated by a seven-person staff and accompanied by two 53-foot trailers full of food and supplies. The Mobile Kitchen travels statewide to assist in all Feast of Sharing events and also assists in disaster relief efforts when needed.
 
Event organizers are expecting close to 20,000 guests this year due to awareness that has been created by working with more than 80 community organizations, nonprofits, churches and schools throughout Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this past year.
 
Free transportation is available to both events. The details are listed below:
 
FREE TRANSPORTATION:
In Fort Worth: The T is offering free bus transportation from all of its bus stops to the Feast of Sharing event. Riders must present the Feast of Sharing flyer/voucher to receive a free ride. Vouchers will be available at various social service agencies, churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the city, as well as at Central Market-Fort Worth located at 4651 West Freeway (on the corner of Hulen Street and I-30 in the Chapel Hill Shopping Center). Click here to print a free bus voucher.
 
In Dallas: Free continuous bus transportation will run between 1:30 and 6 p.m. from these locations: The Bridge, 1818 Corsicana St.; The Salvation Army Center, 5554 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas Life Foundation, 1100 Cadiz St.; Anita Martinez Recreation Center, 3212 Winnetka Ave.; and Lakewest YMCA, 3737 Goldman.
 
Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B, started Feast of Sharing 24 years ago in Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas. The event is one of 30 dinners the company will hold throughout Texas and Mexico in November and December, serving more than 275,000 people.  
 
WHEN  AND WHERE:
Fort Worth:
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 (Election Day), 2 to 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Building
3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Texas
 
Dallas:
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 2 to 7 p.m.
Centennial Building at Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, Texas
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21 Comment(s):

amy wrote on 11/12/2013 6:26:32 PM

I just saw the story on the news & would love to volunteer I am available from 8:00 am -2:00 on Tnursday and would love to help prep or set up what ever is neeced sorry about the late notice but just found out about it

April wrote on 11/7/2013 3:43:15 PM

Is it too late to volunteer for the November 12th feast of sharing in Fort Worth? And if not how would I sign up to do so?

Carshundra W. wrote on 9/26/2013 2:57:17 PM

I am interested in volunteering. How can I help?

Debby Bobbitt wrote on 9/18/2013 10:54:06 AM

We have a great group of folks willing to serve - what are the times we need to be at Fair Park in Dallas and what time do we end?Would a group of twenty or so be a reasonable group size? Please let me hear from you! We are excited!

Deborah wrote on 9/7/2013 10:15:11 PM

I am interested in volunteering for the Dallas event for 2013. How can I volunteer?

Rebecca wrote on 11/13/2012 9:16:13 PM

Darn it! Just learned about this, a week too late. Is there a way to get on an email list for future events? We used to volunteer with a homeless ministry providing banquets several times a year, but the money ran out. Looking for a new chance to serve! Also, can children volunteer?

Global Administrator wrote on 11/8/2012 10:07:25 AM

If you signed up to volunteer for the Dallas Feast of Sharing and have not heard from our volunteer coordinator, please show up, no volunteers will be turned away. Thanks for supporting this great event.

Scott Wilcox wrote on 11/7/2012 10:50:22 PM

I signed up on the 5th. Am I only supposed to show up if I receive an email, because I have not. Am I going to get turned away?

Mary Charrow wrote on 11/7/2012 10:52:31 AM

I am so happy to have been able to volunteer as a "Host" at Fort Worth's Feast of Sharing yesterday! What an amazing event! Hope I get to do it next year!! Central Market is truly vested in our community!

Jennifer wrote on 11/7/2012 7:42:55 AM

Was lucky enough to volunteer last night in Fort Worth, what a great experience. I appreciate HEB/Central Market's willingness to support such an endeavor and look forward to volunteering again next year! Thanks so much :)

Global Administrator wrote on 11/6/2012 12:02:19 PM

All volunteer confirmations have been sent for both locations, thank you to everyone who has signed up, we are looking forward to two amazing events.

Kimberly wrote on 11/5/2012 12:44:45 PM

I signed up myself and two co-workers for the FT. Worth function but have not received a confirmation...

linda lydia wrote on 11/5/2012 12:25:00 PM

I signed up me and four friends but I have not gotten a confirmation..what should i do?

Global Administrator wrote on 11/5/2012 10:56:37 AM

Viviana - I exported the final list of all the volunteers this morning and sent them to the volunteer coordinators for both events. They will be sending all final confirmations shortly. I double checked the list and your name is on there for the Dallas event.

Viviana Godoy wrote on 11/5/2012 10:51:40 AM

I signed up yesterday and didn't get an email confirmation. Or do you not get one? How do you know if you've been accepted to volunteer?

Pamela Nishimoto wrote on 11/5/2012 10:37:48 AM

Would be HONORED to help Volunteer at Feast of Sharing. Just saw it mentioned in DMN and have so wanted to volunteer in past years. Please send info. Have smile, willing heart and hands :)

Global Administrator wrote on 11/5/2012 9:47:27 AM

Nicole - As of this morning we have the right amount of volunteers for the event due to the overwhelming support from the communities. I have passed your name and contact information on to the store directly to see if there is a need for additional help. Thank you for your support for this wonderful event.

Nicole M wrote on 11/5/2012 9:34:28 AM

What do we need to do if we wish to volunteer at the Dallas event?

Global Administrator wrote on 11/5/2012 8:41:55 AM

Teresa - thank you for your comment, anyone is welcome at the Feast of Sharing celebration. No form or anything like that, just show up.

TERESA wrote on 11/3/2012 4:20:14 AM

I would like to know if Feast of Sharing in dallas is for anyone in the community or only for people referred by a community organization? If anyone can attend, do I have to fill out a form so that my family can come there to eat at the dallas location? Do have to bring any type if personal info with us so thatwecan enter thedallas location building? Thanka Teresa

Judy Luck wrote on 10/21/2012 1:02:20 PM

I would like to be a volunteer on November 6th for the Feast of Sharing thank you - Judy Luck 817-456-49XX

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