More than 5,000 people will gather Thursday night in Temple for H-E-B’s 18th Annual Feast of Sharing dinner at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center.

The feast is a free community event with hundreds of volunteers serving thousands of Temple residents.

The dinner was founded in 1989 and area facet of H-E-B’s Food Bank Assistance Program. The program works year-round to prevent hunger in Texas and Mexico. As of 2017, 33 dinners are held across Texas and in Mexico, with more than 250,000 meals served to communities during the holiday season.

H-E-B’s dinner will be filled with food, music, activities and good cheer. The event is open to the public.

Danny Flores, H-E-B Senior Manager of Public Affairs said the Feast of Sharing gives them a wonderful opportunity to bring communities together in fellowship for a festive meal.

“It’s our way of saying thank you to our loyal customers for their continued support, year after year,” Flores said.

Volunteers prepared 1,250 pounds of glazed ham, 1,250 pounds of mashed potatoes, 1,100 pounds of vegetable medley, 5,000 rolls and 500 apple pies.

In addition to the feast, H-E-B pharmacists will provide free blood pressure and glucose screenings and free flu shots while supplies last. The Temple Breakfast Lions Club will provide free eye screening services to dinner guests.

H-E-B’s Annual Feast of Sharing

Time: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center, 3303 N 3rd St, Temple, TX 76501

Cost: Free