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Where to get free Thanksgiving turkeys, meals this holiday season

Here's a list of organizations, churches and non-profits around the St. Louis area hosting free Thanksgiving turkey giveaways and dinners.

ST. LOUIS — As the holiday season approaches, many organizations, non-profits and churches are coming together to give away Thanksgiving turkeys and meals.

5 On Your Side has compiled a list of when and where you can get your Thanksgiving meal: 

Operation Food Search

Operation Food Search is giving out approximately 1,000 turkeys in one day to people who they serve. This event is not open to the general public. Dozens of Schnucks employees and volunteers will help distribute the items. 

Francis Howell School District 

The school district will partner will the St. Louis Area Foodbank and Sodexo to distribute free groceries for Thanksgiving. Each family will receive a turkey, potatoes, a gallon of milk, macaroni and cheese, stuffing mix and more for their meal. 150 meals will be distributed, it is open to the public and is first come, first served. 

  • When: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23
  • Where: 4606 Central School Road, St. Charles, Missouri. 

Find more information about the free-drive-thru event here. 

St. Luke's United Methodist Church

Enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal at St. Luke's United Methodist Church this holiday season. The event is free and open to the public. 

  • When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28 
  • Where: 2761 Telegraph Rd, St. Louis, Missouri 

Volunteers are needed for this event. You can sign up and learn more about the event here.

Affton Christian Church

Affton Christian Church is offering a free Thanksgiving meal from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The church is located at 9625 Tesson Ferry Road.

“We are happy to return to this wonderful tradition of serving a free meal to the community on Thanksgiving Day after Covid interrupted us for two years. We know that there are a growing number of individuals and families who do not, or cannot, prepare a big meal on this day,” Rev. David Woodard said in a press release.

For those who are homebound, or if transportation is an issue, there is a limited number of delivery and/or pickup available upon request.

For more information, or to volunteer, call the church office at 314-631-5777.

5 On Your Side will continue to update this list as more events are announced. Missed an event? Send us an email.


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