Archived photo - Faith Marie Oakes, 4, enjoys dinner with her father Eric Anders of Dayton during the Feast of Giving, an annual event held each Thanksgiving Day at the Dayton Convention Center. LISA POWELL / STAFF PHOTO
Photo: Lisa Powell
Photo: Lisa Powell

Where to get free Thanksgiving dinner in Dayton

Organizers of local community Thanksgiving dinners are preparing to welcome those seeking hot meals or the kindness and good cheer that comes with the holiday like a warm slice of pumpkin pie.  

Here is a rundown of some local community Thanksgiving celebrations: 

Thousands were fed a hot Thanksgiving Day meal during A Feast of Giving at the Dayton Convention Center Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.
Photo: Staff Writer

💛FEAST OF GIVING

The 11th Annual Feast of Giving will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St. All are welcome to attend and enjoy free live music, entertainment and a traditional, full holiday meal. This year a special invitation is extended to all tornado survivors.

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Doors open at 11 a.m. and dinner will be served until 2 p.m. No tickets needed. Free parking in the Oregon District Garage across from the Dayton Convention Center. RTA and Project Mobility will be offering free transportation to and from the convention center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you need more information about these RTA services, you can call 937-425-8300.

For more information, visit http://www.daytonconventioncenter.com

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Kesem Simon, 30, visiting Dayton from Jerusalem, Israel, serves pie Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at the Feast of Giving event at the Dayton Convention Center. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

💛EL SOMBRERO

El Sombrero, a Mexican restaurant located at 700 N. County Road 25A in Troy, will offer a free, traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 25th year for this annual event. This year’s feast will include turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie. There will be no carry-outs or deliveries. For more information, call 937-339-2100 or visit http://www.elsombrerotroy.com/

Reuben Pelayo, owner of El Somberero in Troy, is known for his giving to the community at Thanksgiving and all year round. JIM WITMER / STAFF
Photo: Jim Witmer

💛HOUSE OF BREAD

The House of Bread, a community kitchen located at 9 Orth Ave. off West Riverview Avenue, will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.houseofbread.org or call 937-226-1520.

💛THE LINCOLN COMMUNITY CENTER 

The Lincoln Community Center, located at 110 Ash St. in Troy, will serve a meal highlighted by deep-fried turkey during its annual community Thanksgiving feast. It starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving. The meal also includes green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, corn pudding, dinner rolls, assorted desserts and drinks. The food served is donated by members of the community, businesses and churches. Visit lcctroy.com for more information or call 937-335-2715.

💛DAYTON GOSPEL MISSION

Dayton Gospel Mission, 64 Burns Avenue in Dayton will serve a Thanksgiving buffet on Friday, Nov. 29, the day following Thanksgiving. Visit gmission.org or call 937-223-4513 for more information.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FREE THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY MEALS

Is your organization giving back to the community on Thanksgiving? Let us know via email @ contact@dayton.com and we’ll be sure to add it to the list.

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