Thanksgiving 2022: Where to find free meals, food assistance

Organizations around the region are providing Thanksgiving meals assistance to Dayton-people in need. Need help? Here’s where to find it.

Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 24

Friendsgiving Thanksgiving To-go

W. Social Tap & Table food hall is donating free cold meals starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. Guests are encouraged to use a drive thru process, but can also do walk-up. Up to 10 meals per family are being donated.

A total of 700 meals will be donated on a first come, first serve basis. The meals are being offered with support from Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Huntington National Bank, Heidelberg Distributing Co., I Supply Co., Hope Collective Church and Wright Dunbar Inc.

W. Social Tap & Table is located at 1100 W. Third St. Dayton. For more information, including on the drive-thru and walk-up process, go to the food hall’s Facebook page at W. Social Tap & Table.

Free Drive-thru Thanksgiving meal

St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at 122 W. National Road in Vandalia is offering a free drive-thru Thanksgiving meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The meal consists of Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

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Thanksgiving Give Back

Community Helping Hands is having a free Thanksgiving dinner at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24 at Lux Barber Lounge, 1115 W. Third St., Dayton.

Help needed for Thanksgiving Turkey Giveway

Miami Valley Meals will be hosting its Thanksgiving meal giveaway on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Free frozen Thanksgiving turkey takeaway meals will be distributed to neighbors in need at the following locations:

  • Trotwood-Madison High School, 4440 N. Union Road, Trotwood - 9 a.m. - noon
  • University of Dayton Arena, 1801 S Edwin C Moses Blvd., Dayton - 9 a.m. - noon
  • Omega Baptist Church, 1821 Emerson Ave., Dayton - Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Dayton, 1828 W Stewart St., Dayton - Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Fairborn Phoenix, 34 S. Broad St., Fairborn - Noon to 3 p.m.

There are lots of great ways to help volunteer to help pack meals in the MVM kitchen and volunteers will help hand out meals the day before Thanksgiving at the University of Dayton Arena at 8:15 a.m. or Trotwood-Madison High School at 8:15 a.m.). People can give a donation to MVM to help them continue to feed the community.

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