Fort Jackson is rustling up some grub for more than 14,000 soldiers, retirees, civilian employees and family members for its annual Thanksgiving feast.
For more than 30 years the Dining Facility Manager, May Hopkins…
“They call me the Mess Hall Mama,” May interrupts. Excuse me. I mean, the Mess Hall Mama has been serving up Thanksgiving Dinner for the soldiers at Ft. Jackson for more than 30 years.
Army officials said the post’s 12 dining facilities are serving more than 4,000 pounds of turkey, nearly 3,000 pounds of ham and 1,400 pies to its guests. So what’s on the menu besides turkey? May runs down the list:
We have turkey, we have prime rib, we have roast beef, we have roast duck, we have baked ham in raisin sauce, and, uh, we have chitlin’s, we have ox tails..
Did she say ox tails? What about dessert?
Lemon cake, chocolate cake, red velvet cake, cheese cake, fruit cake, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, mincemeat pie and coconut cream pie…
When asked what they do with the leftovers, May’s reply was, “No ma’am. No ma’am. When they leave here, every pan, every pot will be empty.”
Officials said preparations began more than a month ago, and a special thanks goes to May Hopkins and her staff. She, however, says the soldiers deserve it.
A lot of ’em, this is their first time being away from home. And so we try to go all out to try to make sure they get a meal, thanking them for what they do for us.