We’re coming up on an especially needy time of year for many families, yet many metro Minnesota area organizations, churches, and food shelves ensure that every family can give thanks over a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
PHS Medical Social Worker, Monica Handlos has compiled a larger list than ever before. Look through the options below, and if you have further questions or our resources don’t cover your area, Monica recommends contacting the United Way First Call for Help at 651-291-0211. Ask them for agencies or food shelves that are helping with Thanksgiving Meals or Baskets. They will ask for your zip code and give you a list of local agencies that might be able to help you out.
- Kierans Irish Pub
601 North 1st Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403
Free Thanksgiving meal call for reservation. Free clothing closet also available on Thanksgiving day.
- Cherokee Tavern
886 Smith Ave S, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Free Thanksgiving meal served. Meals available for pick-up as well.
For tickets please call Neighbors, Inc 651.455.1508 before November 16th.
2670 E County Rd E, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 or 7121 10th St Oakdale, MN 55128.
Free Thanksgiving meal provided to anyone in need.
- Pepitos Mexican Restaurant
4820 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Free Thanksgiving meal provided beginning at 10am- 3pm.
- Gethsemane Lutheran Church
715 Minnetonka Mills Rd, Hopkins, MN 55343
Free Thanksgiving meal beginning at 1pm in Gethsemane Lutheran Fellowship Hall. Please make a reservation by November 23rd.
- Faith Lutheran Church of Coon Rapids
11115 Hanson Blvd, NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Free Thanksgiving Meal. Serves Anoka County. Please call church for details.
- Marie Sandvik Center
1112 E Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Free Thanksgiving Meal. Serves city of Minneapolis. Call for more details.
- Sharing and Caring Hands
525 N 7th St. Minneapolis, MN 55405
Free Thanksgiving Meal 10 am-12 pm. Serves Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties. Call for more details.
- Union Gospel Mission
435 University Ave E. St. Paul, MN 55103
Free Thanksgiving Meal. Serves low income families, no reservations needed. Call for more details.
- Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels (no affiliation with Meals on Wheels)
They deliver Thanksgiving meals to families living within 45 miles of St. Paul. Call between 8:30-4pm to set up a delivery. They will need your address, zip code, and number of people who will be eating on Thanksgiving. Meals will be delivered between 8-11am on Thanksgiving and someone needs to be at home in order to sign for the delivery. The meal includes a roasted turkey and dressing (already cooked) along with raw potatoes, canned vegetables, canned cranberries, rolls, butter, milk, and pie for dessert.
- Christian Cupboard
7380 Afton Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
Need to register in person on before November 15. Bring id and proof of address such as a current utility bill. Children will also need a proof of ID such as a medical or social security card.
Area served includes, Woodbury, Maplewood south of I-94, Landfall, Oakdale.
- Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP)
Food certificate or bag of groceries for those in need.
Bring photo ID, proof of address such as a current utility bill. Children will also need a proof of ID such as a medical or social security card.
Area served includes, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and South Minneapolis.
- North Suburban Emergency Assistance Response (NEAR)
4803 Welcome Ave N, Crystal, MN 55429
Thanksgiving Baskets available to NEAR clients. To register for the NEAR program call Tuesday or Thursday after 9 am and speak with Phyllis.
Service area: New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale between 42nd Ave N and 62nd Ave N.