Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. Below we’ve compiled a list of places to find Thanksgiving meals, coats, warm clothes, and other assistance. The listing below, updated for 2018, is for free resources unless otherwise noted— on a first come, first served basis. Let us know of other events or resources in the comment section or by emailing email@example.com.
Ballers Challenge Presents 100 Turkeys Giveaway
Sat., Nov. 17 | 12 pm @ 38th & Chicago Ave., South, Minneapolis. Free
Come get a free turkey while supplies last — first come, first served.
Thanksgiving food distribution is available to folks living within the White Bear Lake School district boundaries who are struggling with food security. The distribution is made possible through the Give a Gobble Drive and will take place at the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf on Monday, November 19 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.
3rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 22 | 12-3 pm
Fellowship Church, 707 Commerce Drive #220, Woodbury, MN
There is no need to spend Thanksgiving dinner alone. You and your family are invited to enjoy food and fellowship on Thanksgiving day with the community at Fellowship Church.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 22 | 1 pm
Fellowship Hall, 715 Minnetonka Mills Road, Hopkins
Serves families, singles, couples, members, friends, and all neighbors. Reservations are necessary. Contact the church office at 952-935-1753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Thur., Nov. 22 | 3:00-6:30 pm, Minnehaha Temple, 1614 Plymouth Ave., North, Minneapolis
Grab friends, family or someone who could use a meal and enjoy a free community meal.
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 offers toys for children up to age 14 living in Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright counties. Parents must provide documentation for registered child. You can register online or by phone by calling 651-746-3595 between Nov. 7- Dec. 1. All who register before Dec. 1 will receive an assigned location for toy pick up, based on their address. Distributions will be held Dec. 18-23.
- 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. The Holiday Pack is $30 and contains an assortment of items needed for a holiday meal. Payment accepted includes cash, credit/debit card or EBT. Go to the website or call 763-450-3880 for more info.
- 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 a food insecurity the opportunity to enjoy a holiday meal. For more info contact 763-450-3895 or email email@example.com.
- 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 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 offers 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. Visit the website or 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 for more info.
Feel free to use the comment section to contribute to this list or email firstname.lastname@example.org.