People First Event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 at Queen City Family Restaurant, Reading, Pa., which will be closed for the day to the general public and will be festively filled with over 1,000 invited guests who are homeless or less fortunate to a festive meal during the season of Thanksgiving.
“Putting ‘People First’ is our annual tradition of celebrating the true meaning of community and paying it forward. With hot comforting meals served by caring volunteers with warm smiles, we wish to help nourish the mind and bodies of people who could use some encouragement,” said Elsayed Elmarzouky, founder of People First and owner of Queen City Family Restaurant, Reading, Pa.
Each year, more than 100 volunteers assist with cooking meals, serving food, and handing out gift bags for men, women and children.
Community non-profit organizations helped identify and invite individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk. More than 1,000 invitations were personally distributed through Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, Opportunity House and Berks County Veterans Assistance Office.
Food donors include Berks Packing, Feeser, Sysco and US Foods. Collectively, they donate the items needed to make a festive holiday dinner including turkey, side dishes and desserts. The meals are prepared and served by staff and volunteers at Queen City Family Restaurant.