We’re coming up on an especially needy time of year for families, yet many metro Minnesota area organizations, churches, and food shelves ensure that every family can give thanks over a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Last year PHS had a list of 5 food shelves that families could contact for assistance, this year PHS’s Medical Social Worker, Monica Handlos has found even more resources to help families in need for the holiday season. Monica recommends contacting the United Way First Call for Help at 651-291-0211 if the list below doesn’t cover your area. 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.
Review these options and see which ones make the most sense for you. You may also call Monica at 651-789-9215 for help in applying to the programs if you’re having trouble.
Most meals include a roasted turkey and dressing (already cooked) along with raw potatoes for you to cook, canned vegetables, canned cranberries, rolls, butter, milk and pie.
- Thanksgiving 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.
- Cherokee Tavern
886 Smith Ave S, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Free Thanksgiving meal served at Noon and 1:30pm.
Transportation is available to those in need and meals may be delivered if needed. For tickets please call Neighbors, Inc 651.455.1508; St. Francis de Sales 651.228.1169, Neighborhood House 651.789.2564-Spanish or 651.789.2541-Hmong
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 between 12-2:30pm.
- Pepitos Mexican Restaurant
4820 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Free Thanksgiving meal provided beginning at 10am.
- 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.
- Christian Cupboard
7380 Afton Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
Need to register in person on November 15th between 9-Noon. 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.
- Family Pathways
935 Lake St. S, Forest Lake, MN 55025
Holiday meal supplies are provided. Please call for an appointment. Will need to complete an application, show proof of address, and ID. Service area: Forest Lake, Scandia, Wyoming, and surrounding area.
- North Suburban Emergency Assistance Response (NEAR)
4803 Welcome Ave N, Crystal, MN 55429
Thanksgiving Baskets available to those eligible. Please call for an appointment Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.
Service area: New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale between 42nd Ave N and 62nd Ave N.