Daddy Bruce Randolph opened Daddy Bruce's Bar-B-Que in 1963, located on the corner of Gilpin Street and East 34th Avenue in Denver, Colorado. Not long after, during the late '60s, his Thanksgiving tradition was born. Using his time and money, Daddy Bruce took a truck full of ribs to City Park and simply started feeding the hungry. Through this simple yet powerful act of kindness, he fed about 200 people.
Daddy Bruce's initial act of kindness started his legacy of feeding the hungry and people in need. In the first 25 years of this tradition, Daddy Bruce cooked meals on Thanksgiving Day through the generosity of local celebrities and community members and handed them out to the community.
After Daddy Bruce died in 1994, Salem Baptist Church, and now Epworth United Methodist Church, located on Bruce Randolph Ave, named in his honor, took over the work of Daddy Bruce's legacy. The Epworth Foundation created The Denver Feed-A-Family 2013 by providing Thanksgiving baskets every year to feed a family of eight in his honor.
This year is the 56th Anniversary of the Thanksgiving distribution that Daddy Bruce started. The theme for 2020 is Imagine No More Hunger. The goal is to feed 10,000 families on Saturday, November 21st. The foundation doubled its commitment from last year due to the devastating effects of the pandemic.
To make this happen, the foundation, along with its sponsors will need the community's help and beyond to help raise the $350,000 to make this happen.
The traditional line of people going around the block will not happen to keep people safe and socially distanced. All recipients will drive up, and the baskets will be placed in their trunks by volunteers. For individuals who cannot drive, their baskets will be delivered by volunteers contactless.