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Central Market’s Feast of Sharing is an early holiday gift

Posted 4:56pm on Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013

My son and I started a new holiday tradition last season, and it had nothing to do with Santa sweaters or a Red Ryder BB Gun.

We volunteered at Central Market’s first-ever Fort Worth Feast of Sharing. Nathan was 8 then, and typically more concerned with his own holiday intake (he’s still hoping for that Xbox this year), but he reluctantly agreed to spend a few hours helping serve hearty Thanksgiving-style meals to people who could really use one.

And, much to his surprise, we had a blast. One of my favorite photos from last year is of him in an apron, big smile on his face, after delivering desserts to a table of grateful diners. It’s a holiday memory I am still very thankful for.

So we’re getting ready to tie on our Feast aprons again this year. Central Market will be dishing up some great food and holiday spirit from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Will Rogers Memorial Center. We hope you’ll join us, either as volunteers or to have a delicious meal. Everyone is welcome.

And if you can’t make the Fort Worth Feast, there is one in Dallas on Thursday at Fair Park.

Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B, started the Feast 25 years ago in Corpus Christi, and it has now spread to more than 20 cities. H-E-B’s 45-foot mobile kitchen travels Texas, cooking up more than 275,000 meals, which include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, and cranberry sauce. We also had fun bringing folks pieces of pumpkin pie and ice cream for dessert.

(A bonus for volunteers: You’re encouraged to take a break and have a meal, because everyone deserves a bit of holiday cheer. And because the food is cooked by CM, it’s pretty delicious.)

There will also be live entertainment and kids’ activities throughout the day at Will Rogers.

It’s not too late to volunteer. Sign up at Central Market’s website. Or call Kim Amos at 817-989-4700.

It’s a tradition worth starting.

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