Thanksgiving meals, turkey giveaways in the Twin Cities and beyond

With the rise in prices and continued supply chain issues this year, many Americans will be feeling the pinch. To meet the needs, many community organizations are stepping up to help families facing food insecurities this holiday season. See a few events and resources below.

​The Salvation Army recently announced it was once again partnering with the Thielen Foundation and Hy-Vee to distribute 2000 Thanksgiving dinners. “Sixty percent of Minnesota families are living paycheck to paycheck, and 8% to 9% inflation makes it nearly impossible to make ends meet,” said Adam Thielen, foundation president, and professional wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings.

“We want to thank JENNIE-O for supplying these turkeys, and we thank The Salvation Army for again helping to get them into the hands of families in need.”The first distribution of 100 turkeys will be at The Salvation Army’s Lakewood service center, located at 2080 Woodlynn Avenue in Maplewood, starting at 10:30 am.

Families who are in need of food assistance this holiday should contact the nearest Salvation Army service center for more distribution information:

  • Brooklyn Park Salvation Army, 10011 Noble Parkway, 763-425-0517
  • Maplewood Salvation Army, 2080 Woodlynn Ave., 651-779-9177
  • North Minneapolis Salvation Army, 2024 Lyndale Ave. N., 612-522-4871
  • Northeast Minneapolis Salvation Army, 2727 Central Ave. NE, 612-789-2858
  • South Minneapolis Salvation Army, 1604 E. Lake St., 612-721-1513
  • St. Paul Eastside Salvation Army, 1019 Payne Ave., 651-776-8169
  • St. Paul West 7th Salvation Army, 401 W. 7th St., 651-224-4316

November 16

​Annual Community Violence Prevention Turkey Giveaway
10 am-3 pm @1201 West Broadway, Mpls.
Shiloh Cares Food Shelf will once again give away free turkeys on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will feature Public Safety Commissioner Dr. Cedric Alexander and offer free gun locks, Narcan kits, and other community violence intervention resources. For more info, visit Facebook.com/ShilohCaresFoodShelf, call 612-302-1463, or email shilohcaresfood@gmail.com.

November 18-19

Thanksgiving Giveaway
Nov. 18, 7 pm, Nov. 19, 12 pm, @ River Heights Vineyard, 6070 Cahill Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights
River Heights Vineyard’s annual Thanksgiving giveaway offers everything you need for a Thanksgiving meal. There will also be good used clothing available. Everyone is welcome to this two-day event. For more info, visit www.riverheightsvineyard.org/upcoming-events-1 

November 19

Community Service Drive-Thru Thanksgiving Turkey Drive
10 am – 12 pm @ 810 31st St. W., Mpls
Everyone is welcome at Joy Community Service’s annual turkey giveaway. You don’t need to sign up, all you need is to show up. Food will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. For more info, visit www.joycommunityservice.org 

Turkey Giveaway
12-3 pm @ Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 7200 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center
The Awwal Ladipo Foundation will be hosting its 2nd Annual Turkey Giveaway with the main
purpose of giving back to our community. For more info, visit bit.ly/BUMCTurkeyGiveaway    


Thanksgiving Outreach
12-3 pm @ Life Center, 1812 Park Ave. S., Mpls.
Life Center volunteers will serve up hot meals and over 200 frozen turkeys at this annual gathering, while supplies last. Pastor Monica will share a message and we will have a kids program. There’s something for the whole family. For more info, visit changingourcity.org/events/thanksgiving-outreach-copy

Tru Breed 12th Annual Turkey Giveaway
1 pm @ 2038 W. Broadway, Mpls.
Tru Breed & Eternal Kingz will once again give out turkeys to community members on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info, visit Facebook.com/TRUBREEDMC

Boss Lady Shoetique Turkey Giveaway for Single Mothers

Brittney Kline, the owner of Boss Lady Shoetique, is hosting a turkey giveaway for more than 50 single mothers. As a single mother, Kline believes offering a hand of hope to young single mothers could be the difference-maker in someone’s life.
If you are a single mother residing in the Twin Cities metro area or know a single mother in need, contact the owner at 612-208-8491 or email bossladiesllc@outlook.com to register for the turkey giveaway. Find more info at bossladyshoetique.org

November 21-22

Give a Gobble Thanksgiving Food Distribution
1-7 pm @ White Bear Area Food Shelf, 1884 Whitaker St., White Bear Lake
The Thanksgiving tradition Give A Gobble is back for two days of giving. This year, the food shelf will provide turkeys and groceries to 800 families in the community. Participants can register at this link: form.jotform.com/222704349625053 or call 651-407-5310. 

November 22

Thanksgiving Food Distribution
​1​1:30 am – 1 pm @ Union Gospel Mission, Men’s Campus, 435 University Ave. E., St. Paul
Registration for this giveaway is filled to capacity, but organizers advise those unable to register to stop by the distribution on November 22 between 6:15-7:15 pm for the possibility of extra supplies. For more info, visit www.ugmtc.org/2022/09/thanksgiving-at-the-mission-2022

November 24

6th Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal
12-3 pm @ Fellowship Church, 707 Commerce Dr., Woodbury
You don’t have to spend Thanksgiving dinner alone, as the Fellowship Church is offering free food, fellowship and fun. This meal is not need-based but is for anyone who needs a place to go and have a meal on Thanksgiving Day. For more, visit bit.ly/CommunityThanksgivingMeal2022 

Thanksgiving Community Dinner

2:30-5:30 pm @ Faith Deliverance Holiness Church, 1119 Morgan Ave. N., Mpls.
Start ANew, Faith Deliverance Holiness Church, Minnehaha Temple #129, and Resource, Justice & Management have joined forces to once again host a Thanksgiving dinner for the community. All are welcome to attend. Find more info at StartAnewMN.org or call 612-389-0008.

Other resources:

Thanksgiving for All Project
Mounds View residents in need of a Thanksgiving bag, including a turkey or gift card, should call Ralph Reeder Food at 651-621-6280 to set up an appointment in the month of November. Mounds View families can also register children up to age 12 for toys and gifts by going to www.operationjoymn.org. Registration for toys ends Dec. 2.

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