Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast to benefit food bank

Published on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 17:37 - Written by Staff Reports

The popcorn, pretzels, jelly beans and, of course, toast will be back for the fourth-annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast to benefit the East Texas Food Bank.

The Market at the Crossing and LT24, a service organization from Leadership Tyler Class 24, will host the feast at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8. The event will be held at The Market at the Crossing, just past FRESH by Brookshire’s on Old Jacksonville Highway.

The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter to donate to the East Texas Food Bank.

“This has been a great event to not only bring in food donations for the needy, but raise awareness of the East Texas Food Bank, which plays such a critical role in reducing hunger in the region,” said Brian Pearson, an LT24 member and Tyler Morning Telegraph managing editor. “It also shows children that Thanksgiving is not so much about the kind of food you eat but more about people coming together to feed the spirit of giving and celebrate their loved ones, friendships and blessings. It’s such a joyful thing to see this wonderful event enter its fourth year.”

The feast, based on the popular holiday favorite A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, will feature goodies such as jelly beans, pretzels, popcorn, toast, ice cream and drinks – all of the items brought by the children for their Thanksgiving dinner in the movie. A special presentation of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will follow.

“The East Texas Food Bank is looking forward to our fourth annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and we are proud to have made this an annual event for the children,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “It’s a great opportunity to share this holiday classic with the kids, teach them the meaning of Thanksgiving and the importance of sharing with the less fortunate.”

LT24 launched the event in 2010 to raise awareness and food donations for the East Texas Food Bank.

The sponsors include: Brookshire’s, Popcorn Junction, Jason’s Deli, and The Market at the Crossing.

The East Texas Food Bank distributed more than 17 million pounds of food each year to more than 200 partner agencies in 26 East Texas counties.

The agency’s vision is to reduce hunger by providing food, support and education to those in need with passion and efficiency.

Be sure to check out the 2013 Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast event page on Facebook.