Turkey giveaways 2023: Here’s where to find free Thanksgiving meals in the Houston area

Thanksgiving turkey (Pixabay, Pixabay 2020)

While the holidays are a celebratory time for many, some of our neighbors may still be facing hardships while trying to give their families a season’s feast.

Houstonians, known for lending a helping hand during difficult times, are stepping up to the plate once again to hand out free food for Thanksgiving.

Below is a list of Houston-area businesses and organizations coming together to distribute FREE food in our area.

Thanksgiving Turkey Drive-Through

The Anosh Inc Foundation together with The City of Houston and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Office will hold the 2nd annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway Drive-Through on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2620 Tanglewilde Street.

The drive through will provide a Thanksgiving feast to 500 Houston families in need. Each giveaway package includes a full holiday dinner including a roasted turkey, corn, cranberry sauce, green beans, macaroni, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

The drive-through event is first come first serve. Families in need of a meal can simply drive up to the designated location, and volunteers will distribute the Thanksgiving packages directly to their vehicles.

Lotus Seafood

Lotus Seafood is giving away 300 Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need at their newest location in Stafford (2903 S Main St. Suite A, Stafford, TX 77477) Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The free turkeys will be distributed to anyone in need on a first come, first served basis, to take home and prepare for a Thanksgiving feast with their loved ones. No pre-registration is necessary.

The Savoy

The Savoy is teaming up with Quad HTX Restaurant & Sports Lounge and other Third Ward businesses to give back to the community by providing 500 FREE hot Thanksgiving Meals Nov. 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Savoy, located at 4402 Emancipation Avenue.

“Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate all you have and share your Blessings with others,” said Claire Watson, Co-owner of The Savoy. “We feel Blessed every day by the people and fellow business owners in this community. They are our family, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to open our doors and share a Thanksgiving meal with a rather large extended family this year.”

No preregistration is necessary for the Thanksgiving giveback event at The Savoy. Guests are invited to walk up, grab a plate, and enjoy a hot, delicious Thanksgiving feast free of charge. Meals will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Monkey’s Tail

For the fourth year in a row, Monkey’s Tail will be giving back to the community for the holidays. On Thanksgiving morning, they will be distributing 500 individual holiday meals for free to their neighbors and the surrounding communities. The meals will be distributed from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis in Monkey Tail’s parking lot (5802 Fulton Street). The 500 free individual meals include fried dark and white turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprout and sweet potato hash, green bean casserole, a dinner roll, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and a chocolate chip cookie. They will be served cold with reheating instructions.

45th Annual City Wide Club Super Feast

Individuals and families who attend this event, held at George R. Brown Convention Center on Thanksgiving Day, will receive between 60 and 80 lb. food baskets.

The grocery products in the pre-packed boxes and brown bags will include:

• Frozen turkey or frozen whole chicken or ham

• Baked goods

• Assorted canned goods

• Bread

• Other non-perishable items

For more information on how to donate to or volunteer at Super Feast, head here.

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