Thousands of meals prepped, served at 42nd annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner

SAN ANTONIO – Turkey, gravy, inexperienced beans, and of course stuffing. These are important fixings of a conventional Thanksgiving meal.

The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner befell on Thursday to verify these in want benefit from the conventional Thanksgiving meal. It’s an annual neighborhood service occasion that has positioned an emphasis on giving for the previous 42 years.

RK Group Sous Chef Dillon Zurita mentioned it’s all the time factor to provide again to others who need assistance.

“Just being able to give back to the community, especially working downtown, you see a lot of homeless and people in need so it’s good to be able to drive away from work today knowing we actually fed everybody down here today,” Zurita mentioned.

The annual dinner sometimes is hosted in particular person and gathers hundreds of people throughout San Antonio underneath one roof to interrupt bread. The pandemic induced some adjustments to the operation, however employees mentioned these adjustments have been a blessing.

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“The thing that I like about this year and last year is that a lot of people aren’t able to physically get here so I feel the only bright side of the pandemic is that they have the opportunity to get these meals without physically coming down to the Convention Center,” Zurita mentioned.

The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner was first established in 1979, in an effort of making certain senior residents and those that can’t afford to arrange a dinner weren’t disregarded. A selfless name to motion was made by Raul Jimenez himself almost 4-decades in the past.

The dinner is an operation efficiently executed with the assistance of over 300 volunteers.

Jimenez’s grandson Raul Jimenez III mentioned the dinner has advanced from a household custom to a San Antonio custom and expects it to proceed for a few years to return.

“I think he’s looking down on us, he passed back in 1998 and I think every year since then he has been looking down on us saying you know, these guys got it together, they got heart and we got the community support and it’s amazing what happens when the community comes together,” Jimenez mentioned.

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And within the spirit of giving thanks, Patricia Jimenez, daughter of the late Raul, mentioned just one factor might be mentioned.

“We just want to say thank you and how grateful we are and I mean Happy Thanksgiving everyone, keep shining your light brightly,” Jimenez mentioned.

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