Read on to learn about an annual Thanksgiving themed event that fills bellies, hearts, and wardrobes of those who need it most.
The holiday season is upon us and while that may mean big meals for many, it doesn’t always mean everyone gets that experience. However, a local event is aiming to change that.
Fall Feast, in its 13th year, is a free, day-long community event that provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal alongside health and practical resources for people in need, particularly homeless and low-income families.
“Since its inception in 2005 by Give Back Cincinnati, more than 50,000 meals have been served,” according to Michelle Hopewell, Regional Marketing Director at Duke Energy Convention Center.
Fall Feast was created to help give those from Cincinnati and all walks of life the chance to experience the power of community.
“More than 1,000 volunteers organize, manage, and staff every aspect of the multifaceted, day-long event,” says Hopewell. “6,000 meals will be served, including 3,000 for Fall Feast to-Go, which delivers meals to 30 different locations.”
In all, preparing the meals includes more than 1,200 pounds of turkey, 13,000 pounds of green beans, 80 gallons of gravy, and 800 pies.
“Fall Feast has become one of the largest Thanksgiving Day celebrations in the nation, thanks to the dedication, love and hard work of our volunteers,” says Fall Feast Chairperson, Erin Klotzbach Hyatt. “We are so grateful for the support of our generous sponsors, partners and donors, who help to ensure Fall Feast continues to succeed. Together, we are making a difference and strengthening our community.”
During Fall Feast, the event partners with several businesses throughout the area to collect coats, mittens, and scarves that are distributed at Fall Feast. With a goal of collecting 5,000 coats, Fall Feast held its one-day coat drive at the Duke Energy Convention Center on November 16 to make that last big push toward meeting its goal. According to Hopewell, Fall Feast was able to collect over 500 coats, mittens, and scarves in just over 6 hours.
“The centralized location of the Duke Energy Convention Center and the convenience of the ‘drive-thru’ access to donate has made this successful,” adds Hopewell. “The support of our Duke Energy Convention Center partners, the downtown community, and the local Greater Cincinnati residents is heartwarming.”
Hopewell says that overall efforts for the coat drive are still being tallied, however, the group looks forward to providing warm weather items to many in need on Thanksgiving Day.
Those interested in participating are encourage the attend and partake in all aspects of Fall Feast. “The event is free and will take place Thursday, November 22,” says Hopewell. “Doors open at 9 am and dinner will be served from 11 am to 2 pm.”
To learn more about the event, visit fallfeast.org. You can also sign up to volunteer, donate, or simply attend and enjoy the event and help out the cause!