The 26th annual Feed the Multitudes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July on the grounds of Victory Fellowship, 5708 Airline Drive, Metairie.

The free event, aimed at serving the poor and homeless throughout the community, will include live music, jambalaya, red beans, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, sno-balls, pastries and refreshments.

“Last year, about 5,000 people attended the event and we are hoping to host about 6,000 this year,” said Christen Kubricht, children’s pastor at Victory Fellowship.

Additionally, there will be spa treatments including haircuts and manicures, games for children and a giveaway of shoes, donated by the nonprofit group Samaritan’s Feet.

“Besides Samaritan’s Feet, other organizations partnering with Victory Fellowship to help sponsor the event include the Salvation Army whose volunteers serve the red beans provided by Diversified Foods,” Kubricht said. “Maurice’s Bakery will provide all the pastries and Zatarain’s is donating the boxes of jambalaya mix.

“Items still needed include Powerade, Styrofoam plates, ice and rice. We also need to borrow tents and canopies. And volunteers are needed as well to help in a number of areas.”

Bus transportation will be provided at four locations in New Orleans. These are the New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Ozanam Inn, 834 Camp St., the Salvation Army, 4526 South Claiborne Ave., and the Broad Street Church, 134 North Broad St.

Pickup times from each location are 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and drop-off times from the event will be at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

To make a donation, to volunteer or for more information, call Victory Fellowship at (504) 733-5005.

New community center

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held earlier this month to celebrate the opening of the Woodmere Community Center, located inside the Woodmere Park at Edgewood and Post Streets in Harvey.

According to a press release from Jefferson Parish, the center building includes a covered entrance, lobby and reception area, main assembly area, administration office, a conference room, kitchen, restrooms and a large pavilion. The center has an interior area of 3,423 square feet with 1,391 square feet of outdoor space.

Woodmere Park has a walking track, play area equipment, two shelters and mature trees. The parking lot has been expanded.

J.A. Jack Julius Jr. built the center at an estimated cost of $1,248,000.

Senior group meets Thursday

The members of the St. Rita Silver Trotters will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the St. Rita Gym, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

The guest speaker will be Deacon Kenneth Smith who, after 30 years in the restaurant industry, where he achieved the position of executive chef at the Upperline Restaurant, entered Notre Dame Seminary to begin his studies for the priesthood.

Smith has been assigned to work at St. Rita’s for the next five months.

On Saturday, the group will celebrate the Fourth of July with a party following the 4 p.m. Mass.

For information about both events, call Louise Chapman at (504) 737-3797.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.