Metropolitan Ministries feeds 6,000 people during Thanksgiving Day annual feast

Posted at 7:49 PM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 19:49:16-05

People all across the Bay joining together in this day of thanks, but thousands in our community still struggle to put food on the table.

Leann Brown enjoyed a home cooked Thanksgiving day meal. The mother of two did not take one bite for granted.

"Last year I was homeless living on the streets, cold and got no food stamps, benefits or nothing. I was hungry. I am in a boarding house now but I have a long way to go. My kids are living with my family until I can take of them," said Brown

Her story is like thousands of others.

It's why Metropolitan Ministries started the tradition of feeding people back in 1972.  

"It means a lot to a lot of people," said Brown.

This year more than 6,000 enjoyed a traditional feast.

Volunteers fired up ovens before sunrise.

Here's the impressive breakdown on what they made 1,500 pounds of turkey, 1,200 pounds of stuffing and mashed potatoes, 1,300 pounds of vegetables, 80 gallons of gravy and 1000 pies.

Evan O'Nan wouldn't have it any other way.  This is a family tradition that goes back as far as he can remember.

"I've been volunteering since I was four and I am 12 right now.  It makes you feel happy to do something for other people and it's also Thanksgiving-so it is the day of giving thanks," said O'Nan.

O'Nan said he has lots to be thankful for and it's his way to pay it forward. His family will continue serving this meal years to come.

"I'm here giving people Thanksgiving dinner who don't have pratically anything. It just makes me so happy to give them food and see the smile on their faces," said O'Nan.

Brown said the kindness will have her smiling for days to come.

If you would like more information you can head to