The fourth Thursday in November is a joyous celebration for Americans across the country. The heartwarming combination of feasting, family, and football renders Thanksgiving the definitive favorite holiday for many. However, for those working to overcome financial difficulties, Thanksgiving may not feel all that special or joyous. Last year the American Farm Bureau announced that the cast of a Thanksgiving meal had decreased to a little under $5/person. The reduction in meal costs is welcome news, but every penny counts when you don’t know how you’ll be able to pay your bills at the end of the month.
Thankfully, churches and civic organizations across St. Louis and Southern Illinois are gearing up to provide free community Thanksgiving dinners this year. Regardless of your financial situation, there’s a hot plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing waiting for you. Organizations offering community dinners are listed by county below.
St. Louis County
Affton Christian Church
Affton Christian Church will be providing a Thanksgiving lunch for the South County community on Thursday, November 23rd from 11:30am to 2pm. The church is located at 9625 Tesson Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church will also be offering free meals Thursday November, 23rd from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Church’s location in South County. Volunteers are needed and those wishing to volunteer can sign up online. St. Luke’s can be found at 2761 Telegraph Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125.
Saint Stanislaus Kostka Polish Catholic Parish
Saint Stanislaus Kostka is located just north of Downtown in Carr Square. The parish will be serving free Thanksgiving meals Wednesday, November 22nd from 12pm until all of the food is gone. Those wishing to volunteer for the dinner can contact the event leader, Chef Murray.
St. Ferdinand Catholic Church
St. Ferdinand will be offering Florissant community members in-house or take out Thanksgiving meals on Thursday, November 23rd. In-house meals will be available from 11:30am to 1:30pm at 1765 Charbonier Rd, Florissant, MO 63031. You can donate to the cause or volunteer at the dinner by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Clair County
Faith Lutheran Church
Free meals will be available at Faith Lutheran Church Thursday, November 23rd from 11am-1:30pm. Faith Lutheran Church is located at 520 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269.
Christopher Civic Center
The Christopher Civic Center will be hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30am-1:30pm on Thursday, November 23rd. Volunteers and desserts will be needed for the event. Those looking to donate time or food can call (618) 724-7648. The center can be found at 208 N. Thomas St., Christopher, IL 62822.
Thompsonville First Baptist Church
Thompsonville First Baptist Church’s annual Thanksgiving lunch will take place Thursday, November 23rd from 11am-2pm. You can call (618) 627-2228 to have food delivered to you. The lunch will be provided at 21238 Shawneetown Road, Thompsonville, Illinois 62890.
Newman Catholic Student Center
Newman Catholic Student Center will be hosting a Thanksgiving lunch Thursday, November 23rd starting at 12pm and ending at 2pm. Those looking have a meal delivered will need to call (618) 529-3311 by Wednesday, November 22nd. The center is located at 715 S. Washington St., Carbondale, IL 62901.
Knights of Columbus Hall
The Knights of Columbus will be offering Murphysboro residents a Thanksgiving meal from 11am-1:30pm on Thursday, November 23rd. The hall can be found at 707 Plum St., Murphysboro, IL 62966.
Pleasant Hill Christian Church
In addition to the Knights of Columbus, Pleasant Hill Christian Church will also be providing Murphysboro residents with free Thanksgiving meals. Meals will be available from 11am-1pm at 6301 Ava Rd., Murphysboro, IL 62966.
Central Christian Church
Central Christian Church will host their annual community Thanksgiving at the Mt. Vernon K-3 Primary Center, which is located at 401 N. 30th St. Meals will be available Thursday, November 23rd from 11am-1pm and deliveries can be scheduled by calling (618) 242-4185 before 12pm on Wednesday, November 22nd.
Eagle House Ministries
Eagle House Ministries will be hosting their 24th annual Thanksgiving Day meal on Thursday, November 23rd. Deliveries will go out 11am and meals will be served in-house starting at 12:30pm. Those interested in receiving a delivered meal should call (618) 658-8116. Eagle House Ministries is located at 3590 State Route 37 North, Buncombe, IL 62912.
First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church will offer free meals on Thanksgiving Day. Meals will be available from 12pm-2pm at 105 S. Mill St., Pinckneyville, IL 62274. You can call (618) 357-2255 by Tuesday, November 21st to make reservations in advance.
Immanuel United Methodist Church
The Immanual United Methodist Church will be providing the local Edwardsville Community with a free Thanksgiving meal on Sunday, November 19th from 12pm-2pm. The meal will include turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and hot rolls. The church is located at 800 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL 62025.
Meadow Heights Baptist Church
Meadow Heights Baptist Church will be hosting their annual community Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23rd from 11am-1pm. The dinner will take place at the church, which is located at 1498 Vandalia Street in Collinsville, IL.
First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church of Eldorado will offer a free Thanksgiving dinner to all Eldorado residents from 11:30am-12:30pm on Thursday, November 23rd. Those interested in receiving a delivered meal should call (618) 273-8206 by 3pm on Wednesday, November 22nd. The First Baptist Church can be found on the corner of Jackson and 2nd at 1101 2nd st., Eldorado, IL 62930.
Ebenezer Community Church
The Ebenezer Community Church will host a community Thanksgiving at the Galatia Community Center from 11am-2pm on Thursday, November 23rd. The community center is located at 210 W. Main St., Galatia, IL 62935. Calls for deliveries should be made by Wednesday, November 22nd.
First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church of Harrisburg will hold a community Thanksgiving dinner Sunday, November 19th at 6pm. The dinner will take place at the City Hall Auditorium at 110 East Locust St.
Carterville Community Center
Carterville Community Center’s community Thanksgiving will take place from 11am-2pm on Thursday, November 23rd. Delivery requests can be made by calling (618) 985-2011 by 5pm on Wednesday, November 22nd. The center is situated at 120 N. Greenbriar Rd., Carterville, IL 62918.
Herrin Civic Center
Herrin’s community Thanksgiving is always a day-long event filled with fun and food. Coffee and donuts will be served starting at 8am on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving dinner will take place from 11am-2pm with a leftover supper occurring from 5pm-7pm. The center can be located at 101 S. 16th St., Herrin, IL 62948.
First United Methodist Church
The First United Methodist Church will be offering Johnston City residents a free Thanksgiving meal from 11am-2pm on Thanksgiving Day. Deliveries can be scheduled by calling (618) 983-5150. The church is located at 400 W. Broadway Blvd., Johnston City, IL 62951.
Marion Ministerial Alliance
The Marion Ministerial Alliance will host a community meal prepared by the St. Joseph Catholic Youth Group on Thursday, November 23rd from 11:30am-1pm. The meal will take place at 103 East Calvert St., Marion, IL 62959. Deliveries should be scheduled by calling (618) 993-8419 before 1pm on Wednesday, November 22nd.
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