Through community partnerships and donations, organizations, counties and cities across metro Atlanta offer free or reduced-cost holiday meals for people who need them.
Here are a variety of locations offering Thanksgiving meals and food assistance through the holidays.
North Fulton Community Charities
North Fulton Community Charities is hosting several food distribution days before Thanksgiving. According to the charity website, last year’s holiday assistance program supplied food to 650 families. The effort is sponsored by the Georgia Power Foundation and DataScan.
Free Thanksgiving food bags may include items such as canned beans and corn, potatoes, baking mixes, soups and turkey.
When: Distribution times vary Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A full schedule can be found at nfcchelp.org/thanksgiving-food-distribution.
Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Road, Roswell.
Those in DeKalb County can visit a variety of locations Saturday to pick up a free 20-pound Thanksgiving meal box. A total of 4,000 boxes are first-come, first-served and will include items such as eggs, fruits, vegetables and chicken.
The food distribution is part of the county’s COVID-19 response. Locations include James R. Hallford Stadium in Clarkston and six area churches. All locations are drive-thru and no proof of residency is required.
Info: dekalbcountyga.gov, 404-371-2000
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a free Thanksgiving giveaway drive-thru Monday in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Perdue, among others. Supplies are first-come, first-serve and no prior registration is required.
Times: Noon-5 p.m. or until gone
Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville
Info: facebook.com/gwinnettsheriff, 770-619-6500
Feeding GA Families
Every Monday evening, this Atlanta-based organization offers a drive-thru pantry program for people in need. On Monday, additional food bags will be available at a drive-thru Thanksgiving meal event. These free bags will include Thanksgiving-specific goods as well as fruits and vegetables, and there will be enough to serve approximately 200 families.
There’s no prior registration or eligibility required, but individuals or families must be present in order to receive a box. Feeding GA Families can cater to gluten-free preferences or other food allergies.
Times: 6-8 p.m.
Where: 2514 W. Point Ave., Atlanta
The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta
The Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving meal is served in downtown Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day. No prior registration is required.
Times: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Red Shield Services, 469 Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta
Info: salvationarmyatlanta.org, 404-486-2700
East Point Thanksgiving Brunch
Hosted by Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham, the city of East Point’s third annual Thanksgiving Brunch requires no prior registration. The event on Thanksgiving Day is a partnership with Chick-fil-A of East Point and 100 Black Men of Atlanta, among others.
People can expect to dine inside or outside and enjoy live entertainment.
In addition to food, people can drop off donations for a winter coat drive. Necessities include blankets, socks, jackets and toiletries.
Times: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church, 2777 East Point St., East Point
Info: eastpointcity.org/event/thanksgiving-brunch, 404-270-7091
Through the holidays these organizations continue to offer meals and food pantries regularly during the holiday season.
Meals are served at the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen at 55 Elizabeth Church Road in Marietta every day for lunch. Admittance to the Elizabeth Inn shelter is required for breakfast and dinner service.
MUST Ministries also hosts mobile food pantries. There will be food distributions in Marietta, Atlanta and Kennesaw through November and December. A full calendar of mobile pantry operations can be found at mustministries.org/mobile-pantry. Operations will halt on Christmas.
For more information, people are encouraged to call their closest program services center, which can be found at mustministries.org/get-help. People should bring a form of identification and a Social Security card if possible.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
There are a variety of food pantries and distribution sites open throughout the holiday season.
For a full map of partnering food banks and mobile pantries in and around Atlanta, visit acfb.org/get-help. People can also text “FINDFOOD” (COMIDA for Spanish) to 888-976-2232.
Open Hand Atlanta
Specializing in prepared meals and programs that emphasize access to healthy food, Open Hand primarily assists low-income seniors and medically eligible clients with free meal delivery services tailored to their needs.
Not everyone is eligible for free meal delivery services, but people can get more information by contacting the Open Hand client services department at 404-872-6947.
Meals on Wheels Atlanta
Focused on providing food assistance to people with physical or financial challenges, which typically means community seniors, Meals on Wheels Atlanta serves its clients through the holiday season.
In order to sign up someone in need, people should contact a program most accessible to them. A full database of participating organizations can be found at mealsonwheelsamerica.org/signup/find-programs.
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