Uptown Organizations Providing Free Thanksgiving Supplies, Meals

These organizations are helping feed the community this holiday season.

Janrey Serapio
November 17, 2023

Are you and your family hoping for a festive Thanksgiving meal this year, but are also in need of a little help putting food on the table?

This holiday season, there are many Uptown organizations that are helping community members stay fed throughout the holiday. From turkey drives to hot meals, there are a number of different services that are available for all local residents.

We are fortunate enough to share a zip code with these mission-based organizations that are doing the work and serving the community. As part of their annual turkey drive, Columbia Community Service and Columbia Facilities, in partnership with Sysco, donated 835 turkeys to five local organizations that provide food relief in the area. Neighbors in need can grab a turkey, a meal, or produce from these five organizations: 

NY Common Pantry, East Harlem Location
Dates: Wednesdays to Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm 
Location: 8 E. 109th St. 

In addition to their regular pantry hours, NY Common Pantry will be holding two Thanksgiving-themed events: a free, restaurant-style hot Thanksgiving lunch at their East Harlem Pantry location, and a Food and Health Empowerment Fair (including a turkey giveaway) at The Huntington Free Library.

Food and Health Empowerment Fair: Food Justice Panel and Turkey Giveaway
Date: November 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Location: 9 Westchester Square, The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room

Thanksgiving Lunch
Date: November 22, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: 8 E. 109th St. 

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Date: November 22, 1:00 pm - 3:00pm
Location: 521 W. 126th St. 

Broadway Community, Inc. 
Dates: November 21, 2:00 pm 
Location: 601 W. 114th St. 

Broadway Community will also give out meals on Thanksgiving Day from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm. 

Broadway Community

Church of the Ascension Food Pantry
Dates: Open the second and fourth Saturday of each month, 8:30 am - 9:30 am 
Location: 221 W. 107th St.

West Side Campaign Against Hunger
Date: Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Location: 263 W. 86th St. 

Here are a few more organizations and small businesses who are also holding Thanksgiving giveaways for the community:

Gardiner Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway
Date: November 18, starting at 9:00 am 
Location:  2550 Jerome Ave., St. James Park

Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network  
Date: November 23, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Location: 106 W. 145th St., House of Justice

East Harlem Committee For Good Government Democratic Club
Date: November 23, 1:00 pm 
Location: Lexington Ave and E. 125th St. 

Know of other Thanksgiving drives we should promote? Contact us at neighbors.columbia.edu

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