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
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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: 

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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
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💛Family Center in Fairborn

Located at 206 W Dayton-Yellowsprings Rd., the Tri-County Youth Family Center is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner beginning at 11 a.m.


An army of about 500 volunteers are preparing for the 10th annual dinner to be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22  at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St., Dayton.   

ABC22 and FOX45; Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio; RTA; Stratacache and Legrand are organizers of the event that continues the more than 40-year tradition of the Beerman Family Thanksgiving Dinner. 

The event is free, as is parking in the Convention Center garage. No tickets are needed.

RTA and Project Mobility will offer free transportation to and from the convention center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 937-425-8300 for RTA information. 

Feast of Giving feeds about 8,000 people annually. The goals are:

  • To provide a dinner for anyone that might be spending the holiday alone. 
  • To provide a dinner for those that are homeless or less fortunate. 
  • To provide a dinner for anyone who wants to attend

Visit or call  937-263-4500 for more information. 

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Central Christian Church in Kettering will serve up a free Thanksgiving dinner for individuals unable to travel to family, cook or who might be alone for the holiday. The dinner is Thanksgiving Day from 1 to 4 p.m. CONTRIBUTED


Zinks is about to celebrate its 3rd anniversary at its location on 409 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. To give back to the people who have supported them, Zinks said they are providing a complimentary hot meal to anyone who is hungry on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. People can choose between dine-in and take-home. For more information, contact the owner, Melissa Metzger at 937-435-4980 or visit the website

Nick Waker, assistant butcher at Zinks Meat Market in Centerville, sets up a display of ground chuck just before Memorial Day five weeks ago. JIM WITMER/STAFF


The Mexican restaurant at 700 North County Road 25A in Troy will offer a free, traditional Thanksgiving meal 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. This is a tradition spanning more than two decades. The meal, a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings, will be offered for dine-in only. 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.

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


The community kitchen at 9 Orth Ave. off West Riverview Avenue is collecting turkeys to help feed the needy during its annual Turkey Tour, this year from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 18. These turkeys donated will help feed the community throughout the entire holiday season.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served at HOB on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Financial donations are also being accepted including those at the levels below. 

* $365 — $1 a day in honor of our ability to open and provide services every day of the year. It is  known as Club 365. 

* $250— covers the cost of morning coffee service to our guests for 10 days 

* $150— pays for dish washing and cleaning supplies for a month 

* $120— or $10 a month, pays for 10 gallons of salad dressing

Visit or call 937-226-1520

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The center 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. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.

The meal also includes green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, cranberry, dinner rolls and drinks. The food served is donated by members of the community, businesses and churches.

Visit  for more information or call  937- 335-2715.

Some area churches also will serve special holiday meals. 

• Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1200 Forrer Boulevard in Kettering, will hold its annual community Thanksgiving day dinner from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Visit  or call 937-254-2649 for more information. 

• Dayton Gospel Mission,  64 Burns Avenue in  Dayton will serve a Thanksgiving buffet on Friday, Nov. 23, the day following Thanksgiving. 

Visit or call (937) 223-4513 for more information. 


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