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34th wild game feed this Friday

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Frank Teixeria grills wild game during last year’s Costa’s Wild Game Feed.


POSTED December 7, 2017 1:10 a.m.

On Friday, Jim Costa will sit down and break bread with his closest friends — all 1,000  —at the Wild Game Feed and Christmas Party he started with his father more than 30 years ago.
What started out as small gathering of close friends to help out an employee who was facing Christmas alone with his 10 children has since become an event that draws people from as far away as Oregon and Nevada – coming to share in the bounty of hunters and fisherman who set aside some of their take with the feed in mind.
Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that first year that the event would become a community staple, let alone an event that last year raised almost $13,000 for struggling local families who need a little bit of help.
“This community has really stepped up and help make this event what it is,” said Costa, who will be on hand Friday morning at Manteca Trailer and RV to prepare for the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the annual wild game feed taking place in Manteca Trailer’s showroom at East Yosemite Avenue and Vasconcellos Avenue. “If people don’t donate to it, they at least come to it and support it financially and the people of Manteca have kept this going for a long time and it keeps on getting bigger year-after-year.
“We have businesses like Tuff Boy Trailers that donate a $1,000 check every year, without question, to help us fulfill the goal of helping people. It’s amazing to see that kind of longtime support and to know that it’s going to make somebody holiday a little bit better.”
According to Costa, who along with brother Jesse still operates the Costa Machine Shop that hosted the first ever wild game feed, a committee works with a handful of local churches and community organizations to disperse the donations to where they can best be utilized.
While he personally didn’t do as well hunting this year as he had in year’s past, Costa said he was glad he could rely on other local sportsman to donate the meat necessary to feed the more than 1,000 people that will trickle through Friday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and all of the other donors and volunteers – nearly 100 of them – that make the feed a possibility.
“We have so many great people that help put this thing together,” Costa said. “We start talking about three months out to get everything lined up, and now it’s putting it all together.
“We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of the people that come out every year and make this what it is. It’s a great time with friends, and most of all it helps people – that’s what this is all about.”

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.

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