SOUL FOOD: Annual Thanksgiving dinner held

Feast of Sharing

This youngster is seen enjoying a Thanksgiving meal recently provided by H-E-B at the Port Isabel High School Cafeteria. (Staff photo by Ray Quiroga)

Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

With her three young children by her side, Iris Covarrubias told the PRESS that she recently lost a good paying job in Brownsville and was forced to move back in with her parents, who reside locally. Adding to the stress, she worries about her husband who is serving in the Middle East.

But on the whole, she considers herself lucky, because, as she said, she’s got her health and her parents’ support. She also found a job as a store clerk, although it’s not bringing in the money she once earned.

Last week, she and about 1,500 other Laguna Madre residents set aside their worries for some soul-soothing good will as they enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal provided by H-E-B at the Port Isabel High School Cafeteria during a Feast of Sharing Dinner.

This marked the third year H-E-B spearheaded Feast of Sharing in this community. The event, however, was founded in 1989 and takes place in at least 31 other communities across Texas and in Mexico as part of H-E-B’s Food Bank Assistance Program.

The dinners are open to the every resident of the community and meals included turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, a vegetable medley and dessert. Student groups such as the Tarpon Silver Belles entertained the crowd.

Hundreds of volunteers from the Port Isabel store as well as Point Isabel School District employees and student groups helped served the meals.

According to approximate figures, volunteers helped prepare 300 pounds of turkey breast, 200 pounds of cornbread dressing, 15 gallons of gravy, 30 pounds of mashed potatoes, eight gallons of jellied cranberry sauce, 15 pounds of vegetable medley, 1,000 slices of pumpkin pie and 1,000 rolls.

H-E-B’s Food Bank Assistance Program works year-round to prevent hunger in Texas and Mexico. In all, H-E-B estimates that more than 250,000 meals were served in 31 communities at Feast of Sharing Dinners.

Read this story in the Nov. 15 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.

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