Submitted by the Rev. Paul Kottke
Superintendent, Metropolitan District
The Epworth Foundation of Epworth United Methodist Church in Denver gave about 6,500 Thanksgiving boxes to the community Nov. 18 during its 2017 Denver Feed-a-Family Thanksgiving Distribution
. The Reverend Paul Kottke, superintendent of the Metropolitan District where Epworth UMC is located, gave the opening prayer before the event. Denver City Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Police Chief Robert White also spoke. Kottke said, "It was an amazing event."
The annual Feed a Family Thanksgiving Distribution is in honor of "Daddy" Bruce Randolph, a local celebrity and entrepreneur, who operated a barbecue in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. He began offering Thanksgiving dinner to the community in the late 1960s at City Park. Randolph died in 1994. Since 2003, the Epworth Foundation has been carrying on this tradition. According to the Foundation's website, "each year an average of 37,000 people are fed through the Denver Feed-a-Family program and over 350,000 pounds of food are distributed."