Thanksgiving Day marked the 35th anniversary of the Big Super Feast in downtown Houston.
Organizers say the goal this year was to feed more than 20,000 people who are homeless, hurting, unemployed or simply need a helping hand.
"Houston is an amazingly generous and loving city and, we don't just do it on Thanksgiving, we do it year round," said Mayor Annise Parker, who thanked volunteers and greeted those who were being fed.
An army of volunteers did everything from preparing the thousands of pounds of turkey and all the trimmings, to serving and cleaning up after those who ate the only hot meal they would likely receive this Thanksgiving.
James and Veronica Castro brought their triplets, two daughters and a son to work at the Super Feast that was sponsored by the City Wide Club of America.
"It's just the right thing to do," said Veronica Castro. "We're blessed to have everything we need so we thought we would take the time to help others."
In addition to providing a traditional holiday meal, Super Feast volunteers also handed out clothing and medical information.