Thousands of people have been on the receiving end of the generosity provided by metropolitan-area volunteers and businesses at a Fourth of July event that has been held for more than two decades.
Marking its 27th year, Victory Fellowship will sponsor Feed the Multitudes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4 on the church grounds, 5708 Airline Drive, Metairie.
“Last year, we gave away approximately 5,000 plates of food,” said Kathryn Turner, an administrative assistant at Victory Fellowship who has been involved with Feed the Multitudes for the past four years. “This time of year, I see not only the church come together to make this event possible, but I have seen how the community partners with the Victory Fellowship.
“Feed the Multitudes is a place where families and those in need can come on the Fourth of July and have a good time. We are here to serve.”
The free event includes jambalaya, barbecued chicken, red beans and rice, hot dogs, desserts, sno-balls and watermelon, along with activities for children such as a waterslide, face painting and a bounce house.
The Victory Fellowship Band will provide live entertainment, as will other musicians and entertainers from throughout the area. Free haircuts and manicures also will be available. And 500 pairs of shoes for children and adults will be given away.
But before the celebration gets underway, donations are needed.
“We need 2-liter soft drinks, sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade, Styrofoam plates and plastic utensils,” Turner said. “We could also use a rotisserie grill, and financial donations are always appreciated.”
The deadline to donate is July 1, and all donations are tax-deductible.
In addition to donations, Turner said volunteers also are needed.
“We are currently in need of haircutters as well as people to help serve food and soft drinks,” Turner said. “And on July 3, volunteers are asked to attend a rally at Victory Fellowship beginning at 7 p.m.”
Victory Fellowship will provide bus transportation to and from the event at six locations — two in Jefferson Parish and four in Orleans Parish. Buses will pick up from the locations at about 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and buses will depart from Victory Fellowship to bring passengers back to the pickup locations at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The bus locations are:
JEFFERSON PARISH: Hazel Hurst Community Center, 1121 Causeway Blvd., Old Jefferson; and the Winn-Dixie parking lot, 3001 U.S. 90, Avondale.
ORLEANS PARISH: The New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.; Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp St.; the Salvation Army, 4526 S. Claiborne Ave.; and the Universal Church, 134 N. Broad St.
If you would like to make a donation, volunteer or for more information, call Victory Fellowship at (504) 733-5005.