Where to Find Free Thanksgiving Baskets and Turkeys This Holiday (2021)

Gabby MartinDisease Decontamination, Infectious Disease Cleanup, Infectious Disease Superbug Cleaning

Key-Points


  • Free Thanksgiving Food Baskets Near You

  • Items Usually in The Dinner Baskets

  • How You Can Help Make a Difference

Meal Assistance During Thanksgiving

The holidays are right around the corner, and we know what that means! The smell of food, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and that savory taste of gravy.. Mmmm! But as we say thanks to all that we’re grateful for, we don’t forget those in need.

You might think we don’t understand, but we do. Some of our own crew were once in isolated homeless situations long before they found their calling helping others with crime scene, suicide, and trauma cleanup situations. That’s what we do, but our service to the community does not end there. If we can help those in need get hot meals or assistance through the holiday, we’re happy to connect them.

Where Can I Get Free Thanksgiving Baskets?

Thanksgiving baskets and even free turkeys are available to families in all 50 states of the USA. There are several local charities and organizations you can visit or volunteer to help.

Please see below for a complete list by each state. All organizations mentioned here have confirmed participation in giving back programs through the 2021 season.

Huntsville, Alabama

Downtown Rescue Mission – Huntsville
1400 Evangel Drive
Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Website

Anchorage, Alaska

Bean’s Cafe
1101 E. 3rd Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
Website

Little Rock, Arkansas

Helping Hand of Greater Little Rock
1601 Marshall St.
Little Rock, AR 72202
Website

Phoenix, Arizona

Rio Vista Center
1431 E Southern Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Website

Los Angeles, California

Breesee Youth Center
184 Bimini Place,
Los Angeles, CA 90004 
Website

Denver, Colorado

Servicios de la Raza
3131 W. 14th Ave,
Denver, CO 80204
Website

Bridgeport, Conneticut

Bridgeport Rescue Mission
1088 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Website

Wilmington, Delaware

West End Neighborhood House
710 N. Lincoln Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
Website

Washington D.C./District of Columbia

The Salvation Army Sherman Avenue Corps and Community Center
3335 Sherman Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Website

Jacksonville, Florida

BEAM
850 6th Avenue S., Ste 400
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Website

Atlanta, Georgia

DeKalb County Holiday Food Distribution
240 Candler Rd. SE,
Atlanta, GA 30317
Website

Honolulu, Hawaii

Helping Hands Hawaii
2100 North Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, HI 96819
Website

Boise City, Idaho

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry – Overland
3209 W Overland Rd,
Boise, ID 83705
Website

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Midway Salvation Army
5036 West 47th Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60638
Website

Indianapolis, Indiana

500 Turkeys
Various Locations
Please Contact
Phone Number: 219-531-7777 ext 5
WebsiteFacebookInstagram

Des Moines, Iowa

Living Waters Fellowship
3000 SE 22nd St,
Des Moines, IA 50320
Website

Wichita, Kansas

Central Community Church
6100 W. Maple St
Wichita, KS
Website

Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky

Association of Community Ministries
Various Participating Churches throughout the Louisville area, please see Website

New Orleans, Louisana

Archdiocese of New Orleans
7887 Walmsley Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125
Website

Portland, Maine

Portland Rescue Mission
111 W Burnside St,
Portland, ME 97209
Website

Baltimore, Maryland

First Baptist Church of Guilford
7504 Oakland Mills Rd,
Columbia, MD 21046
Website

Boston, Massachusetts

United Way – Massachusetts Bay
9 Channel Center Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02210
Website

Detroit, Michigan

Association of Community Ministries
Various Participating Churches throughout the Louisville area, please see Website

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Archdiocese of New Orleans
7887 Walmsley Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125
Website

Jackson, Mississippi

Portland Rescue Mission
111 W Burnside St,
Portland, ME 97209
Website

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas & Western Missouri Salvation Army
3637 Broadway Blvd,
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Website

Billings, Montana

Family Service
3927-3931 1st Ave. S.
Billings, Montana 59101
Website

Omaha, Nebraska

Heartland Hope Mission
15555 2021 U St.
Omaha, NE
Website

Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada 211
Various Locations, Please See Website

Manchester, New Hampshire

Families in Transition
122 Market Street,
Manchester, NH 03101
Website

Newark, New Jersey

Hudson Pride’s Friendsgiving
205 Brunswick Street,
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Website

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Salvation Army Albuquerque Temple Corps
501 Broadway Blvd SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Website

New York, New York

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

Charlotte, North Carolina

Love Fellowship Church
2817 West Sugar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
Website

Fargo, North Dakota

Salvation Army
304 Roberts St
Fargo, ND 58102
Website

Columbus, Ohio

Worthington Christian Church
8145 North High St.
Columbus, OH 43235
Website

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
3355 S. Purdue Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
Website

Portland, Oregon

Prost!
4237 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chosen 300 Ministries
1116 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Website

Providence, Rhode Island

DaVinci Center for Community Progress
470 Charles Street
Providence, RI 02904
Website

Charleston, South Carolina

Worthington Christian Church
8145 North High St.
Columbus, OH 43235
Website

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Feeding South Dakota
1305 N. Louise Ave. (Concrete Materials), W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds (use North entrance to Fairgrounds, off Madison Avenue)
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
WebsiteRead More

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville Rescue Mission
639 Lafayette St,
Nashville, TN 37203
Website

Houston, Texas

Kinsmen Lutheran Church
12100 Champion Forest Dr,
Houston, TX 77066
Website

Salt Lake City, Utah

Rescue Mission of Salt Lake
463 400 S,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Website

Burlington, Vermont

Sweetwaters
120 Church St.,
Burlington, VT
WebsiteRead More

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command
5525 Raby Rd
Norfolk, VA 23502
Website

Seattle, Washington

Talley High School
7800 South 132nd Street
Seattle, WA 98178
WebsiteOther Local Participators

Charleston, West Virginia

Veltri’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
1105 Quarrier St
Charleston, WV 25301
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Neighborhood House Milwaukee
2819 W. Richardson Place
Milwaukee, WI 53208
WebsiteRead More

Assistance varies greatly by town and county, but most Salvation Army and local churches provide assistance to families in need during the holidays. You might try searching for holiday food baskets near you, or within your town.

What’s put in the baskets?

The types of baskets vary. Instant meals to uncooked ingredients have been donated. It’s impossible to list them all, but you can be assured that you will receive a bountiful harvest. Some examples of what’s been put in Thanksgiving baskets for the needy include:

Free Turkeys

Low income families can get turkeys from Salvation Army, local churches, and other initiatives near them.

  • Free chicken, sausages, and ham
  • Lentil, chicken, and squash soups
  • Sides such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry, and other assorted vegetables

How Can I Help?

If you’re in the position to give, you can also donate soups, vegetables, fruit, crackers, gravy, and cranberry sauce to local soup kitchens or restaurants. 

You can also volunteer at local soup kitchen or food pantries, participate in food drives with local charities (the nearest to our headquarters is LI Cares). And if you aren’t able to volunteer, you can still donate to Feeding America, your local food bank, or churches near you. Some local restaurants and high schools might also have their own giving back programs, so be sure to check social media for those offerings.

What Can I Give?

Aside from what has been mentioned above, the most desirable items to donate to families in need are:

Common food basket items

Never donate leftovers or freshly cooked meals. Canned, boxed, or instant meals are preferable.

  • Vegetables (preferably canned)
  • Macaroni/pasta
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy

Giving Back

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of giving back. As crime scene cleaners it defines everything we do. If you’re in the position to volunteer or donate this season, we highly recommend it!

Either way, we hope you consider sharing this article to help others in need!


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