Crowd of 15,000 expected for HEB's Feast of Sharing

Supermarket chain serving up free holiday meal and more

SAN ANTONIO – Glazed ham, mashed potatoes and string beans all sound like the makings of a delicious family meal. When you add 15,000 people, though, it’s much more than that. H-E-B calls it a “Feast of Sharing,” and Saturday, the supermarket chain will hold its 24th annual event at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.

Inside the convention center Friday morning, store employees and volunteers busily decked the halls and tables in red and green. 

Lacey Kotzur, with H-E-B, said another army of volunteers was busy in the kitchen preparing more than 3,700 pounds each of glazed ham and mashed potatoes, 3,300 pounds of green beans and 1,500 apple pies.

She said that all of the food will be offered free of charge to any and all takers.

“Beyond the meal, we've got wonderful things throughout the day for our families,” Kotzur said. “We've got live entertainment and a dance floor.”

Kotzur said there will be more than two dozen social service booths offering information to the diners, as well as activities geared toward children.

HEB’s Feast of Sharing will get underway at 11 a.m. Saturday and run until 4 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Additionally, VIA Transit will offer free bus rides to the event, courtesy of HEB, Kotzur said.

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