Brownsville enjoys annual Feast of Sharing

November 10, 2018

H-E-B hosted its 26 th Annual Feast of Sharing on Friday at Texas Southmost College’s Jacob Brown Auditorium. The event provides thousands of free Thanksgiving meals in communities throughout the state.

Linda Tovar, H-E-B public affairs manager for the border region, said the 31 Feast of Sharing locations in Texas and Mexico provides over 8,000 meals. Cities including McAllen, Laredo and Eagle Pass receive over 10,000 meals each year.

“This is something that’s part of our culture, the need to give back,” she said. “Especially hunger relief across Texas. We offer all our customers at least this special little something during this special time.”

The event was also scheduled to include live entertainment and children’s activities.

Judith Alaniz waited for her turn to take a seat at the Feast of Sharing in a group of five family members and a friend. She said her mother, who recently passed away, started the annual ritual of attending the event with her adult day care.

“My mom’s the one that invited us to come here,” Alaniz said, adding that Friday was her seventh Feast of Sharing. “I hope the city keeps offering it. It’s great for the people.”

Her niece Angelica Campos said Thanksgiving is her favorite time of the year – and not only because of the food.

“We’re trying to keep it up as a tradition,” Campos said of Feast of Sharing. The Thanksgiving gatherings are a time when “the family is united for the day.”

Nearby, Herbie and Tazha Eckersley each waited with a small child perched on their hip.

Herbie Eckersley said his Whataburger operations job takes him around the country to open new restaurants, so he treasures the time he gets to spend with his wife and their sons, 1-year-old Jacob and 2-year-old Herbie III.

“This is the only chance I have my day off, and we can have family time,” he said, adding that he recently returned from a stint in Alabama and will soon leave for three weeks in Florida.

Tazha Eckersley said she recalled a previous Feast of Sharing where she sat at a table with a homeless man who said the event was the first time in a long while that he had a sit-down meal with other people.

“It made me really emotional,” she said. “How many people don’t get to sit at a table and eat an actual meal? I was glad that person had that experience for the first time in a long time.”

Herbie Eckersley agreed, adding that Feast of Sharing brings is open to people from all walks of life.

“No one cares about your race, if you’re rich or poor,” he said. “Everyone’s together.”


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