If you’re looking for a free thanksgiving dinner near you, there are no options closer than in your own home! We have found 7 options for free meals all around the US.
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- Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables
- Idahoan Mashed Potatoes
- Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
- French’s Original Crispy Fried Onions
- Great Value Stuffing
- McCormick Gravy
- Great Value Cranberry Sauce
- Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, 8.5 Oz
Catholic Charities offers Thanksgiving meals.
Catholic Charities is a nationwide organization that offers local assistance to low income households during the holidays. Like other large organizations, their assistance programs vary depending on your location.
For example, in Oswego County, NY, they are offering Thanksgiving food boxes from their food pantries. They must be picked up on specific dates, depending on your family size.
In Las Vegas, the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada will distribute food boxes through a local food pantry. They will also host a free Thanksgiving dinner for approximately 1,000 homeless and vulnerable people and send an additional 2,400 holiday meals to homebound seniors through a local meal delivery program.
You will need to contact your local Catholic Charities in order to see what is available in your area this holiday season.
Salvation Army usually provides Thanksgiving meals.
The Salvation Army has a nationwide presence but their programs are operated by local chapters. Many, if not most, of them offer free Thanksgiving food assistance.
If you need help with your holiday meal, please reach out to your local Salvation Army and inquire about their programs. Salvation Army chapters are also well connected to your local community and may be able to point you in the right direction for even more help.
St. Vincent de Paul offers Thanksgiving food boxes.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society exists across the United States but they offer different services in different areas. For example:
In Idaho, St. Vincent de Paul offers food boxes for families in need. The food boxes include a turkey (minimum 10 pounds), potatoes (minimum 1- pounds), a roasting pan and all the trimmings.
In San Mateo County, California, the local St. Vincent de Paul has decided against handling groceries directly. Instead, they are gathering funds so that they can distribute gift cards to families in need instead.
Based on my research, it does appear that most St. Vincent de Paul chapters will be opting to provide food boxes this holiday season.
Seniors and disabled people may be eligible for home delivery.
Meals on Wheels and similar programs provide critical resources to those who are homebound, disabled, or unable to prepare their own meals at home. If you need help with Thanksgiving dinner and can’t visit an on-site service, contact your local Meals on Wheels program or Agency on Aging Center for more information.
Many of these home delivery services will deliver a cold, pre-made meal before the holiday. The meal is usually already assembled and can simply be heated up in the microwave.
Local food pantries may provide free Thanksgiving dinner.
Food pantries across America provide free Thanksgiving dinners to low income families and individuals. Many food pantries will provide a free Thanksgiving turkey, as well as some essential side dishes like potatoes, canned cranberry sauce, stuffing and green beans. Some food banks offer grocery store vouchers for free turkeys instead.
Of course, each of these programs is very local and dependent on donations. It is important to contact your local food bank in advance to see what they are able to offer.
We will list food banks here as we are able to confirm their 2021 offerings. However, we recommend reaching out to your local United Way 211 service if we don’t have anything listed in your area.
NY, Windham – The Hope Restoration Church is offering their 22nd Annual Free Thanksgiving dinner on November 5th, 2021. This is a drive-thru, take-out meal only.
Local soup kitchens and meal sites may offer hot meals.
Soup kitchens and congregate meal sites have been a staple of the low income community’s Thanksgiving plans for years. However, many programs have changed drastically as a result of the pandemic. It’s important to call ahead and confirm the details of any soup kitchen or congregate meal site you plan to visit in 2021.
However, we have confirmed that some soup kitchens and hot meal sites are still offering free Thanksgiving dinners.
Please reach out to United Way’s 211 service to find organizations in your area that provide free holiday meals. If you find some that aren’t on our list, please let us know!