For the past 20 years, a group of friends in Los Angeles have gotten together on Thanksgiving morning to feed the homeless in their neighborhood. They all bring a dish of traditional holiday food, some gently used clothes and shoes, and maybe a blanket or two. Together these friends gather around a table where they catch up on each other’s lives and pack their homemade dishes into great big take-out containers, and then they get back into their cars, hop on their bikes or set out walking down the street where they find people living in a car, in an alley or under a bridge.
The first year we fed 28 people. In 2015, we fed a record-breaking 17,000 people. Gobble Gobble Give has now grown from Echo Park in Los Angeles to Santa Monica, Downtown LA, San Francisco, Santa Ana, two locations in San Diego, Las Vegas, Austin, Nashville, New York City, Boca Raton, and Detroit. It is a prime example of what a community can do when it comes together to create change.