Many churches, food shelves and community groups are hosting free Thanksgiving meals for people in need. To look up your local food shelf, go to Here is a sampling of local sites offering free Thanksgiving meals:

  • Minneapolis: StartAnew, Faith Deliverance Holiness Church, Minnehaha Temple #129, RJM and Ames Lodge #106 will host a free community dinner 2-5 p.m. Thursday at Faith Deliverance Holiness Church. The Salvation Army will host a meal 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Parkview Service Center. Loaves & Fishes will host a meal 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at New Bethel Baptist Church and 5-6 p.m. Thursday at Peace House Community.
  • St. Paul: Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities is giving out turkeys and fixings; registration is required at and pickups are on Tuesday. Union Gospel will also host an in-person meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 435 University Av. E. The Salvation Army will host a Thanksgiving meal from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Eastside Service Center. Loaves & Fishes will provide a meal 5-6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew's Catholic Church.
  • South metro: Loaves & Fishes will offer Thanksgiving meals at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Shakopee; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Easter Lutheran Church, Eagan; and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at River Heights Vineyard Church, Inver Grove Heights.
  • West metro: Loaves & Fishes will host a meal 5-6 p.m. Tuesday at Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield; 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, Edina; and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oak Grove Presbyterian, Bloomington.
  • White Bear Lake: The White Bear Lake Area Food Shelf will distribute frozen turkeys and side dishes from 1-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Preregister for an appointment at