NYC: Free Turkey Giveaways & Thanksgiving Dinner (2021)

The holidays can be a financially stressful time for anyone, but even more so this year due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some are fortunate enough to fill their table with an indulgent dinner spread, many families in the New York City area are struggling to make ends meet. For those who are barely meeting their basic needs, the holiday season is a harsh reminder of how little support is provided to low-income households. Fortunately, there are a variety of programs and organizations that offer free Thanksgiving dinner in New York City, including free turkeys.

To help relieve some of your holiday stress, we have put together a list of all the nonprofit organizations offering holiday food assistance and free Thanksgiving dinner, Turkeys, and other food giveaways in the New York City area.

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner in New York City, including Turkey Giveaways [2021 Guide]

Below is a list of all the organizations offering Free Thanksgiving Dinner in New York City for 2021.

We will provide you with the organization name, program offerings, registration requirements and instructions, address, and contact information.

West Side Campaign Against Hunger – Upper West Side

Every November for over 20 years, West Side Campaign Against Hunger has been providing turkeys and healthy food so that every family can enjoy a Thanksgiving Holiday meal together.

See details below about this year’s event:

"West Side Campaign Against Hunger"

Date

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time

10am-12pm

Address

Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew,
263 West 86th Street

Details

This year, West Side Campaign Against Hunger aims to distribute turkeys and other holiday foods to more than 7,000 families.

Turkeys are distributed during its regular shopping hours.

If you are in need of these services, you can register with the pantry by visiting the location, or by calling 212-362-3662 Ext. 126, or emailing socialservices@wscah.org.

See Event Page.

Gardiner Foundation Turkey Giveaway – Fordham, the Bronx

In past years, this organization has distributed 1,100 turkeys, plus trimmings, to the community through its annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway.

See details below:

"Gardiner Foundation Turkey Giveaway"

Date

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time

9:00 am

Address

ST. James Park, 193rd street & morris ave. Bronx, NY

Details

In past years, this organization has distributed 1,100 turkeys, plus trimmings, to the community through its annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway.

See Event Page.

Reaching-Out Community Services’ Operation Gobbler Give – Brooklyn

This Brooklyn-based community organization is once again providing free turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings to families in need at the 2021 Operation Gobbler Give.

See details below:

The video below is from the 2020 event.

Date

Monday, November 22, 2021

Time

12 pm – 2pm

Address

7708 New Utrecht Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11214

Details

The organization will distribute turkeys & the trimming to over 500 plus families who are registered with their Food program only. (Not open to the general public).

If you are interested in one of its Thanksgiving Day meals, you must be registered with their food program. Call 917-509-9055.

See Event Page.

RISE Rockaway – Arverne, Queens

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, RISE hosts a Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast that is FREE for all who attend.

See details below:

"RISE Rockaway thanksgiving dinner"

Date

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Address

RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Details

Registration is required.

For 2021, there will not be a sit-down option for the meal; to-go containers will be provided.

Servings are limited to four per family.

The meal includes all the Thanksgiving favorites prepared by local Rockaway partners:

  • Cuisine By Claudette
  • Goody’s Chicken & Rib
  • La Cevicheria
  • Rockaway Food Initiative
  • Rockaway Beach Bakery

Registration Date

Please contact us at info@riserockaway.org if you wish to attend.

See the event page here.

DOROT’s Thanksgiving Meal Delivery – Upper West Side

DOROT delivers homemade Thanksgiving meals to homebound seniors citywide during Thanksgiving week.

See details below:

"DOROT’s Thanksgiving Meal Delivery"

Date

Sunday, November 21 and Monday, November 22

Address

Manhattan: East Side: Moise Safra Center (130 E. 82nd Street) and West Side: DOROT (171 W. 85th Street)

Westchester: DOROT Westchester (925 Westchester Avenue, White Plains)

Details

See the event page here for details.

Xavier Mission Thanksgiving Dinner – Chelsea

While this meal is traditionally geared toward the elderly and disabled, no one is turned away from the holiday celebration.

See details below:

"Xavier Mission Thanksgiving Dinner"

Date

Thursday, November 25, and Sunday, November 28

Time

Doors open at 11:45am. The meal begins at noon and is usually finished by 1:30pm.

Address

55 West 15th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.

Details

Each year for the Thanksgiving holiday, Xavier Mission provides:

  • A Thanksgiving Day dinner for disabled and senior members of our community
  • Dinner delivery to homebound community members
  • Food baskets (including turkeys!) to our Food Pantry families
  • A special Thanksgiving Welcome Table lunch the Sunday following the holiday

In all, we provide nearly 4,000 meals during the holiday week!

The meal is generally attended by senior and disabled guests of our Welcome Table and St. Francis Xavier communities. However, no one is turned away!

Registration Date

If you are homebound, please call or email the Director of Outreach (rdelatorre@xaviermission.org or 212-627-2100, x211) to schedule a meal delivery for Thanksgiving Day.

Please note that they cannot guarantee the exact time of delivery, though it is usually between 11am and 1pm.

See the event page here.

Sources: Mommypoppins,

Holiday Food Assistance Programs in New York City

We hope this guide on all the organizations offering free Thanksgiving dinner in New York City this year was helpful.

We will continue to update this post as more opportunities for free Thanksgiving dinner in New York City are announced.

Stay tuned to our blog because we will be releasing our list of Christmas Assistance Programs in New York City for 2021 very soon!

The holidays can easily become a financial burden for many low-income families living in New York City. Our goal is to help you navigate these difficult times and achieve financial security.

With that said, we would love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments if you found this information helpful and would like more articles like this!

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