Thanksgiving meals and resources


We’ve had a nice, long autumn season, but cold weather is here and the holiday season is right around the corner.  We’ve compiled a list of places to find Thanksgiving meals, coats, warm clothes, and other assistance.

Do you know of other events or resources that could be added to the list? Let us know in the comment section or by emailing and we’ll add it to the list.

Related content: Food shelves shift into holiday high gear

Thanksgiving meals

The listing below is for free resources unless otherwise noted.  First come, first serve:

Tru Breed Motor Cycle Club 6th Annual Turkey Giveaway
Sat., Nov. 14 | 1 pm until all turkeys are gone
Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Avenue North, Minneapolis
Turkeys are only for residents that live in North Minneapolis zip codes 55411 and 55412

YMCA Heritage Park 4th Annual Thanksgiving Meal
Tues. Nov. 17 | 4:30 pm
1015 4th Ave. N., Mpls. 612-230-3987
Please Notify Kimieshia Paul by email or by calling 612-230-3617 to RSVP prior to November 14th, 2015

Thanksgiving Food Basket at Messiah Lutheran Church
Sat. Nov. 21; Line up beginning at 8:30 am
2400 Park Avenue S., Mpls
Serves Phillips West Neighborhood in Mpls, small portion of 55404, 55407 and 55408
No-registration; One basket per household. Bring photo ID and proof of address

White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf Annual Thanksgiving Distribution
On Nov. 23 WBEFS will be partnering with Kowalski’s in White Bear Lake to provide free-range turkeys and all the fixings for a healthy holiday meal.
1884 Whitaker Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-5310

Dorothy Day Thanksgiving Day dinner for seniors
Wednes., Nov. 25 | 11 am — 1 pm at Torvian Dining Hall on the University’s campus.
183 Old Sixth Street, St. Paul 55102
The dinner is free, but reservations are required. Any senior wishing to reserve a meal can call 472-2877 or 472-2878. No name is needed when reserving a spot.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 26 | 1 pm
Fellowship Hall; 715 Minnetonka Mills Road, Hopkins 55343
Serves families, singles, couples, members, friends, and all neighbors
Call the church office at 952-935-1753 by Wednesday, Nov. 25 to make your reservation. Reservations will close when capacity is reached.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 26 | 3:30-4:30 pm
8025 Medicine Lake Rd, Golden Valley, MN
Call 763-208-4673 for reservations

Thanksgiving Day Meal at Bierstube
Thurs., Nov. 26 | 12-2 pm
2670 East County Road E, White Bear Lake 55110
Once again the Bierstube in White Bear Lake will serving a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner to all who are in need. Please call 651-773-5854 to make a reservation.

Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meals locations:
Austin, 409 First Ave. NE, 11 am – 1 pm
Fairmont, 114 E. Blue Earth Ave., 12 – 1 pm
Fergus Falls, 622 E. Vernon Ave., 11 am – 1 pm
International Falls, 1301 3rd Ave. W., 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Minneapolis, 1010 Currie Ave., 11:30 am – 3 pm
Rochester, 20 1st Ave. NE, 11:30 am – 1 pm
St. Cloud, 400 U.S. Hwy 10 S., 11:30 am – 1 pm
St. Paul, 401 W. 7th St.., 11 am – 1:30 pm
Virginia, 507 12th Ave. W., 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Williston, 15 Main St., 11:30 am – 1 pm

Where to give and receive

The Arc Greater Twin Cities

Services: Provides workshops, housing, and other assistance for people living with disabilities.

2446 University Ave. W., Suite 110, St. Paul, MN 55114; 952-920-0855

Give | Receive

Basilica of St Mary’s

Services: Thrift store vouchers for clothes, household items, bus cards for the newly employed, gas cards, and more.

1600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis; 612-333-1381

 Give | Receive

Catholic Charities

Services: Housing assistance, meals and much more.

1200 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis; 612-664-8500

Give | Receive

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

Services: Provides food, clothing, small household items as well as an assessment of needs through Bridge to Benefits to determine eligibility of other resources. Pet food is also offered at the food shelf.

270 N. Kent Street, Saint Paul; 651-224-4601

Give | Receive

Joseph’s Coats

Services: Free clothing store, including household items, children’s items and more.

1107 West 7th Street, Saint Paul; 651-291-2472

Give | Receive

One Warm Coat

Services: Free coats

1113 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis; 612-729-0554

Donate | Receive: Call 211 for info and referral services.

People Serving People

Services: One-on-one assistance, education, and referrals to outside resources.

614 3rd Street South, Minneapolis; 612-332-4500

Give | Receive

Sabathani Community Center

Services: Food shelf and clothing boutique

310 East 38th Street Minneapolis; 612-821-2300

Give | Receive

Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids

The coat drive ended Oct. 18, but you can still help out.

Find a location

Give |  Receive

Sharing & Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s)

Services: Free clothing for all ages, including children

Give | Receive

525 N 7th St., Minneapolis; 612-338-4640

Toys for Tots

Services: Toys of kids

Give | Receive

More resources: has a handy list

The Food Group can help you find a local food shelf. The Food Group also offers a program called Baskets of Hope that allows families facing hunger the opportunity to gather around the table and enjoy a holiday as a family. For more info contact 763-450-3895 or email

Second Harvest Heartland can also help you locate resources for the holidays. Call 651-484-5117 or go to this page for help.

Loaves and Fishes serves meals all year long and Thanksgiving meals at the following locations, Salvation Army Temple Corps and River of Life in Minneapolis, Dorothy and St. Matt’s in St. Paul, Esther’s in Marshall as well as Easter Lutheran in Eagan. Call 612-377-9810 for more information.

Catholic Charities lists places to go for food, clothing, legal services and more.

Time to Organize has a list of places to donate various items, and a list of clothing closets.

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) helps with energy assistance. Contact 952-930-3541 for more information.


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