Feast of Caring on November 16

Thursday, November 16 is Feast of Caring day. Please join us for this wonderful tradition to kick off the holiday season.

Feast of Caring Express will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave. Musical guest will be Turner Battle. Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m. at First Baptist and feature musical guests Bobby Doolittle and Jim Carson.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the William Mangum Honor Card. At 6:15 p.m., Feast of Caring will have a special presentation by Mangum on the Honor Card as a tribute to this wonderful program that has raised more than $4 million for Urban Ministry since 1988.

This year’s lunch event will feature the popular Pottery Room. The lunch and dinner format for the event are the same this year. The only difference — the “express” feature — is that guests can order tickets for lunch online in advance.

Online tickets for lunch only may be purchased in advance through Tuesday at midnight. Single tickets are $25, and tables of 8 are $200 and can be reserved in advance at www.greensborourbanministry.org/events/feast-of-caring. Guests who purchase a table of 8 and bring guests will receive a ticket to visit the Pottery Room as a thank you from Urban Ministry.

At both events, for a minimum $25 donation, participants may choose either five Honor Cards, created by Bill Mangum, or a piece of handcrafted N.C. pottery. The meal is free of charge and features soups donated by local restaurants and homemade bread donated by more than 20 organizations.

“A simple meal of soup and bread the week before the feast of Thanksgiving reminds us that not everyone will be enjoying the bounty of the season,” said Urban Ministry Executive Director Myron Wilkins. “Many of our neighbors will be going without, falling into crisis, and enduring alone during a time when we celebrate the joys of home, friends and family.”

This year’s Feast of Caring is generously sponsored by Flow Buick GMC of Greensboro and Deuterman Law Group.

Greensboro Urban Ministry, since 1967, has worked to share the love of God with people in need through practical action. The agency’s work centers on several programs: emergency financial and food assistance to help households avoid eviction; shelter for men and women at Weaver House and families at Pathways Center; daily lunch in Potter’s House Community Kitchen; and case management and financial assistance to support men, women and families moving back into permanent housing.

The agency accomplished the following in 2016 with the community’s support:

  • 215,992 meals served at Potter’s House Community Kitchen (including breakfast and dinner for shelter guests at Weaver House)
  • 1,863 men and women and 45 families sheltered
  • 68 households of formerly homeless men, women and families with children provided with rental subsidy for safe, affordable housing and supportive services at Partnership Village
  • 171 men, women and families supported with case management and financial assistance in their move back to permanent housing
  • 1,153,610 pounds of food distributed to people lacking access to adequate food, including 20,947 households provided with emergency food assistance

Please learn more about Greensboro Urban Ministry by visiting our website: www.greensborourbanministry.org.