At the 2012 Feast of Sharing dinner, Ursula Gutierrez, left, a volunteer with H-E-B, dishes up Thanksgiving meals with dozens of other volunteers. Jay Janner/American-Statesman
At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Austin Film Society will host the Texas premiere of “Food Chains,” a documentary from director Sanjay Rawal about “the improbable triumph of a grassroots farmworker group in Florida, who in the 1990s, upon confronting grinding poverty, abuse and multiple forced-labor convictions, decided to take on the multi-billion dollar food industry to demand change.” The screening will take place at the Marchesa Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road, and you can find information and tickets ($8, $5 for students and AFS members) at austinfilm.org.Speaking of the Marchesa Theatre, don’t forget that the annual Austin Empty Bowl Project, now in its 18th year, will take place at this venue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23. The purchase of a bowl ($20) includes a serving of soup from a number of local restaurants, such as Wink, Corazon at Castle Hill, the Soup Peddler, Iron Cactus and Magnolia Cafe. Proceeds go to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas’ Kid Cafe, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels & More.On Tuesday, Nov. 25, H-E-B will host its 25th annual Feast of Sharing Thanksgiving dinner at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. The grocer anticipates serving more than 14,000 free holiday meals to anyone who comes through the door from 4 to 8 p.m. that day. That’s more than 3,500 pounds of turkey and mashed potatoes, some 280 gallons of brown gravy and 1,400 pies. Guests will enjoy live music from the Mariachi Caballeros, Lake Travis High School Fiddlers; Fabtones, a Beatles tribute band; Wesley Intergenerational Choir, The Levites and the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble. In addition, a children’s area where kids will enjoy arts and crafts with help from The Contemporary Austin. Free parking will be available at Palmer. There’s still time to sign up as a volunteer at handsoncentraltexas.org.