UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
BRYAN -- More than 1, 500 people showed up at the Brazos Center today for a free meal and to help other's out.
The Brazos Valley Food Bank held it's 18th annual Feast of Caring.
The meal of rice, beans, sausage and salad may be simple to some, but for many who can't even afford food in the Brazos Valley, it's a feast.
Attendees were encouraged to donate what spare change they could for the food bank and executive director, Theresa Mangapora, says she is overwhelmed by the community's support.
"There are so many people here, it's people that have never been here, but people that come faithfully every year and what it says to me is that people believe in what we do. They understand that food is a basic simple need, everybody needs to eat, and for those that struggle with that we're here to help." said Mangapora.
Even though Mangapora said she didn't think there would be much food left over, any that was, was donated to Twin City Mission.
Their goal was to raise $40,000 for the food bank to help pay for operating and delivery costs.