Cleveland: Free Turkey Giveaways & Thanksgiving Dinner (2023)

The holidays can be financially stressful for anyone, but even more so this year due to inflation and the rising cost of food. While some are fortunate enough to fill their table with an indulgent dinner spread, many families in the Cleveland area struggle to make ends meet.

A record number of people in Cleveland face food insecurity this holiday season. For those barely meeting their basic needs, the holiday season is a harsh reminder of how little support is provided to low-income households. Fortunately, there are a variety of programs and organizations that offer a free Thanksgiving dinner in Cleveland, including free turkeys.

To help relieve some of your holiday stress, we have put together a list of all the nonprofit organizations offering holiday food assistance and free Thanksgiving dinner, Turkeys, and other food giveaways in the Cleveland area for 2023.

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Cleveland, including Turkey Giveaways (2023 Guide)

Below is a list of all the organizations offering a Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Cleveland for 2023.

We will provide you with the organization name, program offerings, registration requirements and instructions, address, and contact information.

Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Hot Meals

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Where: (2 Locations)

  • St. Augustine Hunger Center, 1400 Howard Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, and
  • Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center, 1736 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Event Details:

Catholic Charities will prepare its annual hot meals for Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be two locations for those in need to enjoy a hot meal, the St. Augustine Hunger Center, 1400 Howard Ave., and the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center, 1736 Superior Ave. Details here.

Zion Lutheran Church Thanksgiving Community Dinner

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 12 pm to 3 pm

Where: Zion Lutheran Church – 5602, 508 Eagle St, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077

Event Details:

There will be a free community turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 508 Eagle Street in Fairport Harbor.

From their Facebook page:

“Come spend Thanksgiving Day with us: From 12 PM to 3 PM, we will serve a delicious homecooked Thanksgiving dinner, for FREE, to anyone who wants to join us!”

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Hope Day Turkey Giveaway

When: Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Where: Lincoln Park Academy – 3185 W 41st St, Cleveland, OH 44109

Event Details:

The Cleveland Hope Exchange in partnership with Journey Church is passing out 1,500 turkey meal kits.

The package will include turkey and all the trimmings like mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and more for a nice Thanksgiving dinner.

The giveaway will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Lincoln Park Academy, 3185 West 41st St.

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Accel Schools Turkey Giveaway

When: Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 11:00 am

Where: Cleveland College Preparatory School – 4906 Fleet Ave, Cleveland, OH 44105

Event Details:

Accel Schools has more turkeys to give away. Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. Accel Schools is giving away 400 turkeys to Cleveland families.

The giveaway will be held at Cleveland College Preparatory School at 4906 Fleet Ave. Turkeys will be first come, first serve.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank hot meals for the Holidays

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is working with more than 1,000 partner agencies to feed residents in need during this holiday season.

The food bank has compiled a list of dates, times, and locations where you can go for a hot meal. See the list below:

  • 11/18 – Church of St. Rita, 11901 Oakfield Ave. Serving lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • 11/18 – New Freedom Ministries, 3476 E. 152nd St. Serving dinner from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 11/18-20, 11/23-26 – Five Pointes Senior Center, 813 East 152nd Street. Serving lunch from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 11/18-11/25 – St. Herman’s Orthodox House of Hospitality, 4410 Franklin Blvd. Serving breakfast from 6 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Serving dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 11/22 – Emmanuel Hot Meal Program, 7901 Quincy Avenue. Serving grab-and-go or drive-thru lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • 11/22 – Karpos Ministry, 242 N.State St. Painesville. Serving dinner from 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • 11/22 – St. Phillip Neri, 799 East 82nd Street. Serving grab-and-go or drive-thru lunch from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • 11/21 – Lakewood Community Church, 15700 Detroit Ave. Serving grab-and-go or drive-thru dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 11/23 – St. Boniface, 3555 W 54th St. Serving grab-and-go dinner from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 11/25 – St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 8601 Wade Park Ave. Serving grab-and-go or drive-thru lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • 11/20-22 – West Side Catholic Center, 3135 Lorain Ave. Serving breakfast from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Serving lunch from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • 11/18, 25 – West Side Catholic Center, 3135 Lorain Ave. Serving dinner from 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Holiday Food Assistance Programs in Cleveland

We hope this guide on all the organizations offering free Thanksgiving dinners in Cleveland this year was helpful.

We will continue to update this post as more opportunities for free Thanksgiving dinners in Cleveland are announced.

Stay tuned to our blog because we will release our Christmas Assistance Programs list in Cleveland for 2023 very soon!

The holidays can easily become a financial burden for many low-income families living in Cleveland.

We aim to help you navigate these difficult times and achieve financial security.

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