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2022 Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner returns to in-person event for first time since pandemic

SAN ANTONIO – The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is a decades-long custom in San Antonio and it’s returning to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this year for the first time since earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a press convention Wednesday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Raul Jimenez Dinner committee members and different neighborhood leaders formally kicked off this year’s dinner preps.

This year marks the forty third anniversary of the event, which is able to happen on Nov. 24 on the conference heart, positioned on E. Market Street, simply off Highway 37.

The event is for seniors and other people experiencing homelessness or meals insecurity. People are invited to dine collectively at a neighborhood dinner desk the place they will take pleasure in a free, sizzling Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings together with dwell music and leisure.

Organizers and volunteers work for weeks to put together for the event. Online registration is open now for this year’s volunteers.

In 2019 — the final in-person dinner — it took 4,000 volunteers to put together and serve 25,000 meals.

Due to the pandemic, organizers had to pivot in 2020 and 2021. Instead of an in-person event, meals had been distributed with the assistance of greater than 40 partnering organizations and volunteers.

“We think this is going to be the best Thanksgiving yet in the history of the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner,” stated Patricia Jimenez, daughter of Raul Jimenez.

Patricia Jimenez stated with the rise in meals prices, it was anticipated that donations might be down this year, however to this point they’ve truly elevated.

“The community has leaned in even closer and said, ‘How can we help?’” stated Jimenez.

Jimenez stated the event’s company sponsor, Walmart, has additionally elevated its donation. Walmart donated $30,000 for this year’s event.

Mayor Nirenberg together with the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce inspired native companies to additionally step up and help the event.

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