About F5K

Feeding the 5000: Thanksgiving Outreach is a local community of volunteers and business partners coming together in the battle against hunger in Southwest Florida.

In the last 5 years, we have prepared and delivered over 35,000 meals to families in need across a five county area—from Port Charlotte to Immokalee.

Since our mission began, we have prepared over 45,000 meals, and we expect to go over 60,000 meals prepared and delivered this year.

Hundreds of community volunteers join together during the week of Thanksgiving to prepare and package complete Thanksgiving meals, complete with fixings. On Thanksgiving morning, volunteer drivers deliver those meals to families and ensure that everyone has plenty to be thankful for.

Feeding the 5000 provides our best opportunity to fight against hunger, to support our community, and to help needy families during the holiday season.

How It Works

Here’s a breakdown of F5K Week
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Sunday

On Sunday, we begin the challenge of cooking several hundred turkeys. We typically cook through Tuesday. All of the turkeys will be cooked in the kitchens at Lamb of God Church.
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Monday-Tuesday

Beginning Monday afternoon, volunteers come to pull the meat off the turkeys and package them in individual- and family-size portions. This is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities for families and groups.
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Wednesday

On Wednesday, we start cooking the rest of the fixings that make Thanksgiving Dinner so delicious. Then, Wednesday afternoon, we package the meals and put them in the refrigerator truck for the drivers on Thursday morning.
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Thursday

Bright and early on Thursday morning, hundreds of volunteers join together to package meals and deliver them to thousands of families across 5 counties in Southwest Florida.

In 2016…

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6,700

Meals

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495

Turkeys

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9,000

lbs of Side Dishes

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750+

Volunteers

F5K Mission Stats

Here are some statistics about Feeding the 5000!

Total Meals Served

  • Meals

Turkeys Cooked

  • Turkeys

Lbs of Side Dishes

  • Side Dishes

Est. # of Volunteers

  • Volunteers

% of Volunteers On-site vs. Drivers

  • On-Site
  • Drivers