'Feast of Sharing' brings together families in need of company and a meal

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Washington’s Convention Center was packed as usual for Safeway’s “Feast of Sharing." And families including four generations of the McKnight family of Southeast -- including their great-grandmother, grandmother, two moms, and all their kids -- gathered around a big table.

"Especially for people who can't get a Thanksgiving dinner, I think this is awesome," said Tiffany McKnight.

But for the many senior citizens groups who came, it wasn't so much that they were in need of food as they were in need of company.

"I have no family, I have no relatives, and I look forward to this every year," said Mary Lou Collector.

This feast of sharing brings together people that would otherwise never find themselves together in the same room, but the dinner has been going on for 14 years now.

Among the many volunteers who served the food were members of our own ABC7 team, including Good Morning Washington anchor Jummy Olabanji, and traffic reporter Amanda Meadows. There were also Washington Redskins cheerleaders in full uniform.

And speaking of football, players from Wilson and Woodson high schools who will face off in the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl Championship, were also helping out.

"Two enemies on the field can come together and help and give to the community," said Wilson player Tyler Jefferson.

Politicians were also there in droves - from the mayor to the candidates for mayor -- and for all, it was a reminder that it feels good both to serve and be served.