The holiday season is right around the corner. Below we’ve compiled a list of places to find Thanksgiving meals, coats, warm clothes, and other assistance. The listing below is for free resources unless otherwise noted— first come, first serve. Let us know of other events or resources that could be added to the list in the comment section or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tommy’s Pre-Thanksgiving Meal
Sat., Nov. 18 | 5-9 pm
Central Green Community Center, Minneapolis
A Thanksgiving meal for the whole family to celebrate life! Awards will be handed out to business owners and community mentors! Other activities include a bounce house, games, a turkey giveaway and much more. The event is free and open to the public! Guests are asked to bring one dish to share with others.
Little Earth United Tribes gymnasium
Sat., Nov. 19 | 11 am — 1 pm
2501 Cedar Ave S Mpls, MN 55404
Thanksgiving basket offered on November 18; 8-4 pm. You can also register for TOYS for TOTS on that day. Call 612-724-0023 for more info.
Thanksgiving food distribution is available to folks who need items for that holiday meal. This distribution will take place at the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf on Monday, November 20 between 10 am — 6 pm. An appointment is required and food will not be distributed if appointments are missed. Registration opened November 1 and can be completed by calling the main line (651) 407-5310 and asking for a Thanksgiving meal appointment. Registration closes when the appointments and waiting list fill.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 23 | 1 pm
Fellowship Hall; 715 Minnetonka Mills Road, Hopkins 55343
Serves families, singles, couples, members, friends, and all neighbors. Reservations are necessary. Contact the church office at 952-935-1753 or email@example.com. Dinner reservations will be accepted until Nov. 22 at noon or until seating capacity is reached. Transportation is available, if needed — please mention it when you call.
Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 23 | 2-4 pm
1614 Plymouth Avenue, North Minneapolis
All are welcome!
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
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
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
Services: Housing assistance, meals and much more.
1200 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis; 612-664-8500
Services: Provides food, clothing, small household items as well as an assessment of needs through Bridge to Benefits to determine the eligibility of other resources. Pet food is also offered at the food shelf.
270 N. Kent Street, Saint Paul; 651-224-4601
Services: Free clothing store, including household items, children’s items and more.
1107 West 7th Street, Saint Paul; 651-291-2472
Services: Free coats
1113 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis; 612-729-0554
Donate | Receive: Call 211 for info and referral services.
Services: One-on-one assistance, education, and referrals to outside resources.
614 3rd Street South, Minneapolis; 612-332-4500
Services: Food shelf and clothing boutique
310 East 38th Street Minneapolis; 612-821-2300
The coat drive ended, but you can still help out.
Services: Free clothing for all ages, including children
525 N 7th St., Minneapolis; 612-338-4640
Services: Toys of kids
- Salvation Army Toy Shop: For children up to age 14, living in Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright counties. Taking registrations at 651-746-3595 from November 8 through December 5, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm (closed Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.) Must register by phone and obtain an appointment. Documents required include Picture ID for adult and ID for each child in the household, such as Social Security card, Medical card, or school ID. Registration may also be done online here.
- Second Harvest Heartland can also help you locate resources for the holidays. Call 651-484-5117 or go to this page for help.
- Fare Are For All Express offers a special holiday package. No registration required. Go to the website or call 763-450-3880. Attend a Fare for All site during the month of December; the last day for a holiday pack in the metro area is Thursday, December 21, 2017. The Holiday Pack is $30 and typically includes ham, whole chicken, beef ring sausage, turkey, breakfast sausage, mixed vegetables and dutch apple pie (items are subject to change). Payment includes cash, credit/debit card, or EBT.
- The Food Group can help you find a local food shelf. Formerly the Emergency Foodshelf Network, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Loaves and Fishesserves 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.
- United Way receives information from organizations that are providing holiday food, toys or gifts. Call 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211. They will search for programs within your zip code.
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