Where To Find Food In NYC For Thanksgiving

Maya Kaufman
·3 min read

NEW YORK CITY — As New Yorkers plan for a Thanksgiving meal like no other, 1.5 million of their fellow city dwellers are struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Before the coronavirus crisis began, an estimated 35 million people across the United States did not have enough food to eat. That number is projected to surpass 50 million in the pandemic, according to the nonprofit Feeding America.

Estimates suggest that New York's 15 Congressional District, which covers much of The Bronx, is seeing the nation's highest increase in the number of people living in food-insecure households.

In this time of urgent need, food pantries, soup kitchens, elected officials and other community members are stepping up to provide New Yorkers in need with Thanksgiving staples like turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Patch has compiled a list of places to find Thanksgiving food ahead of the holiday.


Dyckman Basketball Turkey Giveaway

  • Dyckman Park, 500 West 204th St.

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NYC Department of Corrections Fraternal Organizations' Turkey Giveaway

  • 250 Bradhurst Ave.

  • Monday, Nov. 23, from noon until supplies last

Catholic Charities of NY Turkey Giveaway

  • LT. Joseph P. Kennedy Center, 34 W 134th St.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, all day


Bay Ridge Community Development Center 1st Annual Turkey Giveaway

  • 9818 Ft Hamilton Parkway

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Christ Apostolic Church First in the Americas – Kensington

  • 622 Cortelyou Road

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.

The Brooklyn Bank

North Brooklyn Angels

  • Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St.

  • Thursday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Project Hope Charities Turkey Giveaway

  • 170-20 140th Ave.

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m.

SEQ Cleanup and Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway – Jamaica

  • Dr. Charles R. Drew Park, 116th Avenue and 140th Street

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, noon to 3 p.m.

A Community Thanksgiving at LIFE Camp, Inc.

  • 111-12 Sutphin Boulevard

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Bronx

Holy Family Church's Holiday Turkey Giveaway

  • 2158 Watson Ave.

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or while supplies last

Bronx Rising Initiative & Bronx Spreading Love Turkey Drive

  • 40 West Tremont Ave. (P.S. 306 parking lot)

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.

City Harvest & French Montana's Turkey Giveaway

  • 576 E. 165th St. (Boston Road)

  • Monday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.

The Flow Kingdom Ministries' Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

  • 901 East Tremont Ave.

  • Monday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m.

Staten Island

Turkey Giveaway at the 121 Precinct

  • 970 Richmond Ave.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or while supplies last

Find more places to get food using this map from Food Bank NYC:

Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness on behalf of the millions of Americans facing hunger. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that in 2020, more than 50 million Americans will not have enough nutritious food to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a Patch social good project; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.

This article originally appeared on the New York City Patch