Join us on November 22
For 29 years St. Peter’s Catholic Church and First Baptist Church of Columbia have been partnering to bring the holidays to the homeless and working poor of the Midlands. It takes dedicated volunteers, months of planning, and lots of well timed logistics to pull this day off. About 450 meals are served at the Coliseum, and there are even more To Go meals prepared and delivered to Nursing Homes and Homebound Communities across the city. That’s a lot of turkey, so preparation starts early; sometimes weeks in advance. Most of the cooking happens early the morning of with commercial kitchens preparing green beans, sweet potatoes, dressing, and gravy. Homemade desserts are donated ahead of time and refrigerated until serving time. The meal is entirely run by local volunteers that help on the serving line, meal prep, delivery, and setting up. There’s even a group that comes to sing and play music for the guests as they eat. Rest assured, no one goes hungry on Thanksgiving and everyone can relax at the table with a smile. It’s the biggest Thanksgiving celebration in Columbia so we hope that you’ll join us for the fun. See how you can help support this event below.
Serve alongside our dedicated team of volunteers and help with meal prep, delivery, set up, and serving line. This year you can sign up to serve in one of two places. We’ll be preparing all of our To Go orders at St. Peter’s Catholic Church while the main meal will be served at the Coliseum. Please be sure to sign up or call so that we can assign you where needed most.
If you have any questions about volunteering please call Ron Paull at 803-361-8450
St. Peter’s Catholic: 9:00a – 12:00p
Coliseum: 10:30a – 1:00p
Most of us make plans to spend Thanksgiving with family. After all, it’s an American tradition to gather around the table, stuff ourselves with turkey, and maybe catch a little football afterwards. So if you can’t volunteer we completely understand, however, you can still support this great event with a generous gift.
Donations provide for supplies, ingredients, tableware, and food. You can make a donation one of two ways.
1. Write a Check and drop off at the front office (make checks payable for First Baptist Columbia and designate to “Thanksgiving Feed the Hungry”)
2. Make a donation online (via button below)
Make some homemade desserts to be served day of at the Coliseum. Can you imagine a Thanksgiving meal without pumpkin pie, ice cream, or chocolate chip cookies? Neither can we! Some of the best desserts were made for Thanksgiving and we think it would be criminal to deprive our guests of some good ole southern sweetness. So load us up with pecan, apple, pumpkin, and lemon meringue pies.
Drop off all Desserts in the kitchen starting Tuesday Nov. 20 up until Wednesday Nov. 21 at Noon.
Our best recommendation is to drop them off at the FIRST Family Thanksgiving – Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6p in Ellis Hall.