CINCINNATI -- This Thanksgiving, Cincinnatians from all walks of life will unite to experience the power of community at the 11th annual Fall Feast celebration.
Guests will be served free meals, get free haircuts, receive free health checkups, coats, books and more on Nov. 24 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The entire community is invited to attend.
More than 1,100 volunteers organize, manage and staff every aspect of the multifaceted, daylong event. 7,000 meals will be served, including 2,500 for Fall Feast To-Go, which delivers meals and gifts to Shriners and Ronald McDonald House patients and their families.
Meal preparation includes more than 1,200 pounds of turkey provided by TriHealth, 13,000 pounds of green beans, 80 gallons of gravy and 800 pies.
In addition to hot meals, Fall Feast attendees will also receive on-site health screenings at a health clinic, complete with free, long-term, comprehensive medical, dental and vision care solutions.
Local bands, DJs and magicians will provide live entertainment throughout the day. A free bookstore, coat store and art classes will also be available. A kids’ zone will feature games, puzzles, crafts, bouncy houses, a petting zoo and more.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“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,” said 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.”
Presented by the Duke Energy Convention Center, Fall Feast is made possible by a collaboration of partners including Give Back Cincinnati, City Gospel Mission and Crossroads, along with hundreds of local businesses.
The health clinic is sponsored by Mercy Health in partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the Cincinnati Eye Institute. Fall Feast To-Go is sponsored by TriHealth and Crossroads. Additional key sponsors include Alpine Valley, Paramount Advantage, Project Doyle, Standard Textile, Klosterman Bakery, US Foods, Chicken Mac Truck, Prestige, George Fern, Spectra and Rhinegeist.
Donations are still needed. Find out where to drop off a coat or donate online here.