Thanksgiving/Feast of Plenty Update during Covid
For many years Central Baptist Church has hosted the Feast of Plenty meal downtown from our kitchen on Thanksgiving day. With the help of volunteers from the church and from the community we have provided hundreds of meals and hospitality to those who may not be able to prepare or have a warm turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. However this year, because of Covid and public heath safety guidelines, Central is unable to safely use our kitchen or accommodate volunteers to prepare the Feast of Plenty meal like we had done in the past. The church still wanted to do something to provide Thanksgiving meals to the community and our neighbors. Because of the Covid crisis there will be many people in the neighborhoods surrounding Central with food insecurity and many people needing meals because there are fewer public places open this Thanksgiving to provide them.
A Feast of Plenty planning team met together and found that there was going to be a need for meals In our neighborhood for the Salvation Army warming center, Helping Hands, Contact Ministries, and the families at Graham School. The number of meals needed to meet this supply is around 270. The planning team has contacted a local caterer and they will be able to safely prepare for us, in their kitchen, a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner and deliver those 270 meals to the shelters and to Graham school.
Because we have to cater the meals from an outside company, there is an additional cost that is over what was budgeted for the Feast of Plenty last year. If you have volunteered before with the Feast of Plenty, then a great way you can serve this year is to contribute financially to cover the cost of the catered meals. You can send in your financial gifts to the church office, 501 S. 4th St., Springfield, IL 62701 with “FOP” in the Memo, by mailing in or dropping by your Thanksgiving offering envelopes, or you may go to the Feast of Plenty online giving page and contribute there. Thank you for all that you do to support Central Baptist, its ministries, and the needs of our brothers and sisters in our community.