Meals for a Happy Thanksgiving

As the holiday season approaches, many families and individuals are faced with the heartbreaking reality of being unable to afford holiday traditions due to various circumstances. Thankfully, several organizations, communities and local neighbors have joined together to ensure that no family is left out of traditional holiday celebrations.

For your convenience, we have provided a list of FREE Thanksgiving Dinners that are available to families, individuals with disabilities, the homeless and those in need:

Atlanta, Georgia
Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless (HFTH): This year HFTH will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Georgia World Congress Center. In addition to providing a free traditional dinner, HFTH will also provide a phone center, a clothing center, a beauty and barber area, showers and entertainment. Dinners will also be delivered to individuals with disabilities and the elderly within the area. The dinner will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2011. For more information, call (404) 755-3353.

Birmingham, Alabama
Jimmie Hale Mission: Like every year, the Jimmie Hale Mission will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal for those in need. In addition to providing a meal for those in need at the mission, meals will also be delivered to local seniors and shut-ins. For more information about the Thanksgiving meal, call (205) 323-5878.

Dayton, Ohio
3rd Annual "Feast of Giving": Dayton's News Source, along with other local sponsors, will hosting the 3rd Annual "Feast of Giving" at the Dayton Convention Center. The dinner will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 11:00AM. The dinner is provided FREE of charge and is open to all individuals, including the homeless, those in need and individuals who may be spending the holidays alone. There will be free parking at the Convention Center's garage and free bus transportation services offered by the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. For more information, click here .

Detroit, Michigan
Ram's Horn: This Thanksgiving, Ram's Horn will be providing a free community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need. The dinner will be held on Monday, November 21, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Rochester Hills location. For more information, call (248) 651-7900.

The Senior Alliance : The Senior Alliance's Holiday Meals Program (SAHM) is providing hot, home-delivered meals for individuals with disabilities and seniors 60 years of age or older. Dinners will be delivered door-to-door on Thursday, November 24, 2011. For more information about the program, call (734) 727-2071.

The Baldwin Center: Throughout the Pontiac community, The Baldwin Center will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets/boxes to those in need. Each box will contain non-perishable goods as well as fresh items such as milk, eggs, bread and of course, turkey. The boxes, which should provide enough food for a family of four for approximately three weeks, will also include paper towels and toilet paper.

Los Angeles, California
Thanksgiving Dinner-In-The-Park: Union Station Homeless Services (USHS) will be spreading cheer and providing a warm and healthy holiday meal for the community, individuals who are homeless and those in need. USHS will host its annual "Thanksgiving Dinner-In-The-Park on Thursday, November 24, 2011 in Pasadena's Central Park. The menu for the dinner will include traditional favorites such as: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, macaroni & cheese and sweet potatoes. For more information, call (626) 240-4550.

Memphis, Tennessee
27th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner: This year marks the 27th year for the City of Memphis' Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The dinner will be held on Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 10:00 am until 1:00pm at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. In addition to receiving a Thanksgiving dinner, individuals will also be able to receive free health screenings and flu shots through the Baptist Operation Outreach Mobile Health Care Clinic and place FREE phone calls to anywhere in the US through Verizon who will be onsite. There will also be a distribution of hats, gloves, scarves, socks, snacks and water for the homeless. For more information, call (901) 690-9615.

Mobile, Alabama
The Salvation Army: The Mobile Area Command will host its annual Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. The meal will be held at its headquarters on Dauphin Street and will include traditional favorites such as: ham, turkey, yams, cakes, pies and dinner rolls. For more information, call (251) 438-1625.

Turkey Take-Out: Through a joint partnership with Foley Elementary, several Baldwin County residents have joined together to create "Turkey Take-Out". Turkey Take-Out delivers holiday meals to area families who can't afford the traditional "turkey and trimmings". In addition to providing families with Thanksgiving dinners, Turkey Take-Out also provides families with food to have after Thanksgiving too. For more information, call (251) 943-8861.

Thanksgiving Banquet: This year, like all the years before, the Waterfront Rescue Mission/Mobile Mission will host its Annual Thanksgiving Day Banquet. The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day and will include a traditional holiday feast (turkey and all the trimmings) for the homeless and those in need. For more information, call (251) 433-1847.

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