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No One will be Turned Away

Upwards of 20-thousand people are expected to be fed this morning in the annual Thanksgiving Superfeast at Houston City Hall downtown. Organizers say the event is more than feeding the homeless and less fortunate. Pat Hernandez has the story.


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Superfeast volunteers and vendors setting up for the event had to share the reflection pool at Houston City Hall with the popular farmer’s market. Raj Sharma has been involved with the Superfeast since ’96.

“Everything is cooked on site. We heat up the turkeys right here in a big Waste Management grill, and all the vegetable, stuffing, everything is cooked here on site. We literally turn the steps of city hall into a big restaurant.”

But with what’s on the menu, it’s a big family restaurant.

“We’ve got turkey, We’ve got stuffing, cranberry. We’ll have mixed vegetables, bread, I mean, anything that you would find at a traditional down home, in your home Thanksgiving dinner we’re gonna have.”

When the Superfeast began over 25-years ago, the food was donated. Now major sponsors have stepped in. That will ensure that the anticipated crowd of over 20-thousand will be fed.

“We’ve never run out of food, so that’s never an issue. But we won’t shut down until everybody who wants some food, gets some food. We don’t stop ’til that line’s over.”

Sharma says the meal is a big part of the event that includes arts and crafts, a special children’s area and of course, a visit from Saint Nick himself.

“It’s an amazing thing to see. I mean, you can down here in a bad mood and you’ll leave in a good mood, because it’s just so positive.”

Serving begins after the opening ceremony at 10am at city hall downtown, and it happens at the same time that the annual City Wide Club of Clubs Thanksgiving event takes place at the Brown Convention Center.

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