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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Annual feast feeds more than hunger

Annual feast feeds more than hunger

By Sara Escobar
Correspondent

This year, H-E-B hosted its ninth annual Feast of Sharing Event in Killeen. The event is held in 33 cities throughout Texas and Mexico each year, and is a part of the year-round commitment H-E-B makes in fighting hunger. The invitation was open to everyone in the community, and in addition to a free holiday meal, free flu-shots and glucose screenings were available and guests also enjoyed music, arts and crafts, and even a Santa Wonderland for kids. The Feast of Sharing took place Tuesday, December 13 at the Killeen Civic Center.
Last year, the Feast of Sharing Event served over 250,000 meals to families. Just one of these events equates to 3,000 pounds of sliced turkey, 2,500 pounds of cornbread dressing, 750 pies, 380 gallons of mashed potatoes and 140 gallons of gravy, according to H-E-B’s website.
“I’m so grateful that H-E-B reaches out to the community like this,” says Harker Heights resident Danielle Cox. “No one has to feel alone during the holidays, and this way we can get to know other people who live in the area. I’ve only lived in Harker Heights since November so it’s a great way to meet people.”
“For families that don’t have a lot of money, it means a lot,” says Jennifer Stampley. “It brings my family closer together, and helps teach our kids the truth of what Christmas is about, which is giving.”
“Events like this wouldn’t be made possible without the help of over 500 volunteers that work graciously around the clock,” said Director of Operations for H-E-B, Ed Page.
“It’s an incredible turnout,” said Director of Public Affairs for H-E-B, Leslie Sweet. “It’s rained on us in the past so I’m glad the weather held up. It’s just another great way to bring the community together. It’s a tradition for H-E-B, and we have a dedicated team that will ensure this only gets better every year.”
The event held many guest speakers, as well as live music from the Ellison High school Chamber Singers. The feast took place from 4 to 8 p.m., with hundreds of people of all ages attending. For more information on events in the area, visit the city’s official website.

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