The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner started in 1979, with 200 people served. This year, it will serve around 25,000 people.
The 37th annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center brought big smiles and full bellies to more than 25,000 people Thursday.
More than 4,000 volunteers got to work preparing a quarter of a million meals for the 37th annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner this coming Thursday.
Here are five ways that San Antonians can contribute to the community and put food on the table for those who may not be able to.
The Dinner’s Alpha Media Radiothon will ask listeners to donate however little they have to support the 37th annual dinner.
Volunteers arrived at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday to prep for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner, the largest in San Antonio. Longinos Soto showed up with his friends at 6 a.m., later than some, to fire up dozens of chafers containing turkey, green beans, and all the classic fixings of Thanksgiving for guests that started streaming in at 9 a.m. More than 25,000 dinners will be served throughout the day until 4:30 p.m.
Soto and company are members of the U.S. Air Force but wore plain clothes as they plated thousands of slices of pumpkin pies.
The numbers behind the 36th Annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner are incredible: 4,000 volunteers will help serve 9,400 pounds of turkey, 6,250 pounds of stuffing and 4,688 pounds of yams to the 25,000 hungry visitors at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Thursday.
Thanksgiving Week is here, and many San Antonians are looking for ways to help the less fortunate before they sit down to a big holiday meal with their own families.
For 34 years now, the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner has been an outstanding example of how the San Antonio community knows how to share with its less fortunate members.
The holiday season moves people unlike any other time of the year, with many opening their hearts and purse strings to help the less fortunate.