2013 Feast of Sharing

Some of our favorite fall traditions are just right around the corner and we can't be more excited about crisp apples, trick-or-treating with the kids, and one tradition that holds a very special place in Central Market's heart, Feast of Sharing in both Dallas and Fort Worth.

Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B, started Feast of Sharing 25 years ago in Laredo and Corpus Christi. Today the event has grown, to lift spirits throughout Texas and Mexico in November and December, serving more than 250,000 people.

The Feast of Sharing dinner is free and is open to people of all ages, during the celebration 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. Here in DFW Central Market is prepared to serve up to 20,000 people combined during the 5-hour events in both cities from the HEB Mobile Kitchen. 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 at both venues will add to the festive atmosphere, including the Arlington High School Drum Line, HSU Cowboy Band, Canta: Big Brass Band and more. 

2013 Feast of Sharing:

Fort Worth, November 12th, 2:00-7:00 PM
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon Carter Exhibit Hall
3401 West Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dallas, November 14th, 2:00-7:00 PM
Centennial Building at Fair Park
1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd, Dallas TX 75210

Feast of Sharing being the community event that it is, means that each year we have hundreds of HEB / Central Market Partners, individuals, and organizations from throughout the community volunteer to serve meals, man the Kid's Zone, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the links below:

11/1 UPDATE: Fort Worth has had more than 800 Partners and community members commit to volunteer, thank you so much for your interest, but at this time there are no more volunteers needed for the 11/12 Fort Worth Feast of Sharing.

11/4 UPDATE: Dallas has had more than 1,000 Partners and community members commit to volunteer, thank you so much for your interest, but at this time there are no more volunteers needed for the 11/14 Dallas Feast of Sharing.

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions:
  • What do I wear? If you are an H-E-B or Central Market Partner, please wear your store uniform. Non-Central Market and H-E-B groups can wear what their organization deems appropriate. Individual volunteers should wear clothes appropriate and comfortable for the occasion.
  • Where do I check in? At the volunteer/entertainment entrance. Please refer to map for exact location. 
    Dallas Map
    Fort Worth Map
  • Is there an age restriction for volunteers? There is no age restriction. We ask that parents please keep their children with them at all times.
  • Do volunteers get a meal? Yes, all volunteers get a meal at the end of their shift. Organizations will schedule when their members will eat. Individual volunteers can eat when they choose.
  • Where do I park? Is parking free? Please refer to the map for parking; parking is free.
    Dallas Map
    Fort Worth Map 
For more information about the event and event transportation please download the 2013 Feast of Sharing PDF
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6 Comment(s):

LL. Jones wrote on 11/15/2013 12:17:43 AM

My family and I participated in the Feast today Thursday November 14th in Dallas. I was so impressed and over whelmed at how the event turned out it was a beautiful setup and organized so well. To see everyone come together for food was so nice! Regardless of class or status people sat down by each other made conversation and just enjoyed a hot and nourishing Thanksgiving dinner. My experience was humbling because as I sat there eating I started looking around at all the faces, some smiling some not smiling, some with bags and bags of belongings. It bought tears to my eyes to see them eating and I was there eating with the very people I sometimes serve food to on the fourth Saturday of each month. Not knowing if they have home's, bed's, or just some place to keep warm. Thinking about it made tears swell up in my eyes then the highlight of the evening was when a man sat across from my 17 year old daughter not wearing the best of attire and she got up to inform the volunteer he needed a plate of food. That's when I had to say "Happy THANKSGIVING" Thank You Central Market & HEB, and all the volunteer's for a truly Pleasant and Humbling pre Thanksgiving Dinner. Gratefully Yours, Jones Family

Anabel wrote on 11/11/2013 4:51:40 PM

Hello! My friends and I would love to volunteer, what do we need to do to sign up?

Terry Doyle & Mina Mallett wrote on 11/6/2013 4:56:21 PM

We the Fort Worth dinner last year (2012) and it was a very wonderful experience. Thank You

Tammy wrote on 11/1/2013 3:08:20 PM

There is only a link to the Dallas event - how do you sign up for the Fort Worth event? I signed up for Dallas since that was all that was available but I live in Fort Worth and would much prefer to volunteer there. Please update your blog with Fort Worth link.

Cameron Kyser wrote on 10/30/2013 9:20:54 PM

I am the community outreach manager for Safelink Wireless in Tarrant County, I was referred to Feast of Sharing by the Tarrant County Food Bank to work in the social services area of the event. We provide Free Cell Phones and Service to low income families. please email me if there are any more spaces available. Thank You!

maryjo pennington wrote on 10/23/2013 1:32:27 AM

I am always exited about attending the FEAST OF SHARING.it is a true blessing and wonderful event.SEE U ON THE 14TH.

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