'Everybody Eats' ensures meals for everyone this Thanksgiving

1 year 5 months 4 days ago Monday, November 14 2016 Nov 14, 2016 Monday, November 14, 2016 3:43:00 PM CST November 14, 2016 in News
By: Jenna Puritz, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - 'Everybody Eats' is hosting its 19th annual program, which provides home-cooked, hot meals to people around Columbia on Thanksgiving Day.

'Everybody Eats' is hosted by the Almeta Crayton Community Programs team. Their mission, following in Crayton's footsteps, is to make sure no one goes hungry. 

"Everybody must eat," Kentrell Minton said. Minton, executive director of ACCP, stressed that Crayton truly believed no one should go hungry. 

Coordinator Janice Dawson said several teams of volunteers will make the day run efficiently. She said it's essential to have the food prep, warming, delivering and serving teams coordinated throughout the day to get the job done. 

"There is a lot of behind the scenes work for the actual event," Dawson said. "The program is designed to enable us on this particular Thanksgiving holiday to bring any member of our community together during that two-hour, four-hour window to share a Thanksgiving supper." 

The 'Everybody Eats' program serves lunch to about 300 people, with home meals delivered to 100-175 residents at Paquin and Oak Towers, along with veterans and emergency room staff. Several benefactors play a large role in operating the program, including: Hawthorne Country Club, Shelter Insurance, Veterans United, and more. 

Dawson said without corporate sponsors, community organizations, and individual donations, the event would not be able to happen.

"It doesn't matter what their economic income, or their ability or disability, their race, their gender, orientation. All are welcome to come to this event and be one community and to share a Thanksgiving supper," Dawson said. 

Minton also said this event has become a ritual for some families. He said families that have left the community will come back to support, feed, and socialize at this Thanksgiving tradition. 

"It's interwoven into the tapestry of their Thanksgiving celebration, and now it's been interwoven into mine," Dawson said. 

For more information on the program, you can visit the Almeta Crayton's Community Programs Facebook page.

More News

Grid
List
MILLER COUNTY - A 26-year-old Miller County sheriff's deputy died Friday night after colliding head-on with another vehicle on Highway... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Retailer Sears will close its Columbia Mall store this summer because the location has become unprofitable. Sears Director... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 8:46:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A local non-profit organization, Columbia Access Television, hosted a 24-hour film contest that started Friday at 5:30 pm. ... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - Community members are coming together to help a family who lost their children in a fire get... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens is remaining defiant in the face of a new felony charge. On... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children filled school gymnasiums across Columbia for the second day of the Unbound Book Festival. The festival showcases... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed 13 lives. The Columbia Missouri... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After the deadly fire in Lake Ozark, officials from the Division of Fire Safety are working to... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For 13 years, Rhonda Harper has been at the helm of Lincoln University's "Marching Musical Storm." ... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 2:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - It’s been a little more than two months since the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 2:04:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a suburban St. Louis police officer fired at a would-be robber about four weeks... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 1:35:11 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lab tests on an unknown substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker suggest it was pesticide.... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 1:31:19 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Slimy fish, boat rides, hiking and tasty leaves are a few things 4th grade students experienced on Friday. ... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 12:59:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Assistant Principal Katie Helfer said it has been a long time coming, but Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 12:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in Top Stories
LEE'S SUMMIT (AP) — Lee's Summit police are looking for a suspect after a woman was fatally shot inside... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:57:58 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
CLARKSBURG - Deputies arrested a man Wednesday after they said they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cocaine. Deputies went... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:54:00 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police have arrested a third suspect in relation to a March 26 shots fired incident in the... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:21:00 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 50°
3am 46°
4am 46°
5am 45°
6am 44°