If you’re grappling with food insecurity or economic hardship, the holidays can be anything but the most wonderful time of the year. Below we’ve compiled a list of places to find Thanksgiving community meals, coats, warm clothes, and other assistance. The list has been updated for 2019 and features free resources, unless otherwise noted, on a first-come, first-served basis.
MN Vikings Autograph Signing & Community Turkey Giveaway
3-8 pm @ Shiloh Temple International Ministries, 1201 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like football fun and turkey! Get autographs from members of the red-hot Vikings team: Kyle Rudolph, Linval Joseph, Anthony Harris and Danielle Hunter…oh and, turkey, too.
Turkey Basket Giveaway
12-2 pm @ Takoda, 1845 Franklin Ave., E., Mpls.
One hundred turkeys will be given away to 100 families and individuals in need, on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration required. Call 612-341-3358 or visit www.takoda.org to find out more and pre-register.
7:30 pm @ River Heights Vineyard, 6070 Cahill Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights
Every year the church has a giveaway the weekend before Thanksgiving with all the food you need to cook a great Thanksgiving meal. They also offer gently used clothing and great hospitality to all that come.
1 pm @ Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Ave. N., Mpls.
Tru Breed will once again give away free turkeys to community members. The giveaway gets underway at 1 pm until the turkeys are gone. To make a donation for the initiative, go here.
5-8 pm @ Green Central gym, 3400 4th Ave. in South Mpls.
This year’s event includes a bounce house, coloring contest, a drill team performance, turkey giveaways and more. Awards will be given to mentors for their contributions to the community. The dinner is free and donations are welcomed.
2019 Give A Gobble
10 am – 6 pm @ 1884 Whitaker Ave., White Bear Lake, MN
Thanksgiving food distribution is available to folks living within the White Bear Lake School district boundaries, who are struggling with food insecurity. The distribution is made possible through the Give a Gobble Drive and will take place at the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.
An appointment is required and food will not be distributed if appointments are missed. Call 651-407-5310 and ask for a Thanksgiving meal appointment. Registration closes when the waiting list is full.
5:30 pm @ Golden Valley Lutheran Church-GVLC, 5501 Glenwood Ave., Golden Valley
Enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. On the menu: turkey, potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. After the meal, stay for the Thanksgiving service at 7 pm. Perishable food donations will be collected for PRISM.
12-3 pm @ Fellowship Church, 707 Commerce Drive #220, Woodbury
Don’t spend Thanksgiving dinner alone. You and your family are invited to enjoy food and fellowship on Thanksgiving Day with Fellowship Church.
12- 6 pm @ J. Selby’s, 169 N. Victoria St., St. Paul
Non-turkey eaters in the community can enjoy a free meal put on by vegan/vegetarian restaurant J. Selby’s—thanks to a donation of turkey-free turkeys from The Herbivorous Butcher. Drinks and some baked goods will be available for purchase. Food will be available to-go.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
3-7 pm @ Minnehaha Temple # 129, 1614 Plymouth Ave., N. Mpls.
All are welcome to this free Thanksgiving dinner. Bring your appetite….then family and friends. For more info, call 612-389-0008.
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
After Thanksgiving Neighborhood Potluck
5 pm @ Bethune Community School, 919 Emerson Ave. N., Mpls
Share your favorite dish and taste some of your neighbors at this after-Thanksgiving gathering. The evening includes spoken word performances, a local choir, karaoke and more! The event is put on by the Heritage Park Neighborhood Association for residents of the area. For more info, call 612-767-1061.
Where to give and receive
The recent spat of cold weather isn’t forecasted to last very long. But it’s a good warning of the chilly temps right around the corner. Find cold weather resources below, as well as opportunies to donate to those in need.
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
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