Hundreds enjoy free holiday meal prepared by students at 6th annual Kings Cares Thanksgiving Luncheon

The smells of a sizzling, freshly-cooked Thanksgiving feast stuffed the air outdoors the Kings Theatre on Thursday as tons of of Brooklynites lined up for the sixth annual Kings Cares Thanksgiving Luncheon.

For six years, the Theatre and numerous neighborhood organizations have hosted a free and scrumptious Thanksgiving meal for New Yorkers who could in any other case have missed out on the festivities. Last week, about 200 individuals lined up in a heated tent outdoors the theater to fill their plates with turkey, stuffing, sides and veggies, and even pumpkin pies. The full unfold was prepared by students from the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism and the Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration at Erasmus High School.

Around 200 individuals acquired free, sizzling meals at the sixth annual occasion, which is a collaboration between the Kings Theatre and plenty of local people organizations. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

“We are thankful to be working with so many generous partners who are essential to making this annual event come to life,” stated Kings’ Theatre director of selling Kate Hesler in a press release. “The Thanksgiving Luncheon gives the community an opportunity to come together, break bread, and support our neighbors who might not have access to a traditional holiday meal, for one reason or another. It’s an honor for us to host this event and give back to Flatbush.”

The Kings Theatre partnered with the Flatbush Avenue and Church Avenue business enchancment districts, Erasmus High School, Stop & Shop, and the National Development Council to host the occasion — with some further help from U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke and New York City councilmember Rita Joseph. CAMBA, MetroPlusHealth, and the New York City Police Department’s seventieth Precinct additionally chipped in.

kid being fed at thanksgiving meal
The Kings Theatre additionally collected and distributed gently-used chilly climate gear together with coats, hats, and gloves for adults and kids. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

“On behalf of Flatbush and Church avenues’ business and property owners, we’re thrilled to continue this Flatbush tradition of offering a delicious community Thanksgiving Luncheon,” stated Lauren Elvers Collins, govt director of the BIDs.

Nearly 2 million New York City residents wrestle to feed themselves and their households on a regular basis, in accordance with City Harvest, and visits to soup kitchen and meals pantries within the metropolis skyrocketed through the pandemic — and have continued to climb in 2022. More than a quarter of households in Community Board 14 — which incorporates Flatbush and Midwood — earn lower than 40% of the Area Median Income, or $40,000 for a household of 4. About 20% fall beneath town’s threshold for poverty. 

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Students from Erasmus High School cooked the feast, and volunteers dished out the recent turkey, veggies, and sides in a heated tent outdoors the Kings Theatre. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Stop & Shop donated the elements for the feast, and the Kings Theatre donates the space for the occasion and oversees operations every year. On Thursday, Erasmus students cooked the meal in a “state-of-the-art incubator kitchen” at the Mangrove in Flatbush Central market. 

rita joseph at thanksgiving event
Councilmember Rita Joseph’s office chipped in to help the occasion and the councilmember herself volunteered on Thanksgiving day. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

The Kings Theatre additionally distributed gently-used winter coats, hats, and different donated cold-weather gear to children and adults at the luncheon.

“I’ve had the privilege of volunteering at the @KingsBklyn Thanksgiving Luncheon for many years, and today may have been our most vibrant event yet,” Joseph stated on Twitter after the occasion. “I’m grateful for my neighbors, for Flatbush, and for the opportunity to serve you!”

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