Someone You Should Know: The Banquet

11/23/17 - It begins with the joining of pinkies - and a prayer. Then, the volunteers at The Banquet get moving.

"We are up to almost 900 meals a week," says Karla Eisenbeisz, Exec. Director, The Banquet.

That's Karla Eisenbeisz - the executive director of The Banquet, a meal outreach program with a growing reach in the Bismarck area.
Each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, a team of volunteers takes over the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church with a single goal in mind: give people food.

"Especially around this time of year - people just want to help," she says. "The phone calls of people trying to volunteer, it's overwhelming."

Marion Kiefer has been one of those volunteers for eleven years now.

"To be here, to help these people, to feed these people. It gives you such a wonderful full feeling," says Marion Kiefer, Marketing Manager & Volunteer, The Banquet.

The volunteers of Good Sheperd Lutheran Church cooked 24 turkeys, expecting to feed close to 500 people. And when the bread is finally broken -- all the prep work pays off.

"They're hungry. They do two or three helpings of food. It's definitely needed in our community," says Eisenbeisz.

"I take care of three guys, I've been bringing them here for close to six years," says Brian Wolf, Attending The Banquet. "It's a good time where they can get together. There's lots of people who need to be here."

"I feel like I've been blessed," says Kiefer. "And to give back, there's just not a better feeling than being able to give back. That's what keeps me coming back."

Generosity and fellowship as bountiful as a Thanksgiving feast --- Karla, Marion, and the entire team of volunteers at The Banquet - are people you should know.

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