AUSTIN, Texas — Thanksgiving is here. If you or your family is in need of a free meal or you'd like to lend a helping hand to Central Texans in need, there's no shortage of local organizations giving out meals and groceries in the Austin area.
The Central Texas Food Bank will host drive-thru food pantries at several locations throughout Austin leading up to Thanksgiving:
- When: Friday, Nov. 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Where: 7901 Metropolis Drive
- When: Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m.
- Where: 5201 Ross Road
- When: Monday, Nov. 22, from 8 to 9 a.m.
- Where: 8401 Cameron Road
- When: Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m.
- Where: 5600 E. William Cannon Drive
- When: Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m.
- Where: 1020 Grove Blvd.
In addition to these drive-thru food pantries, monetary donations to the food bank will be matched up to $100,000 through Dec. 31.
Through this event, you can donate money or food to help provide meal baskets to people experiencing homelessness, or you can volunteer for basket distribution.
- When: Sunday, Nov. 21
- Where: Austin Achieve Public Schools, located at 7424 Highway 290 East
Meal kits containing a frozen turkey and sides will be available. You can also sign up to volunteer for meal distribution.
- When: Saturday, Nov. 20
- Where: El Buen Samirtano, located at 7000 Woodhue Drive
Mission Possible Austin's annual Thanksgiving banquet for people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed for various shifts throughout the day
- When: Sunday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Where: under Interstate 35 between Seventh and Eighth streets
Bethany United Methodist Church needs at least 150 families to help deliver meals to the families receiving meals and to help load groceries into cars.
- When: Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Where: Bethany United Methodist Church, located at 10010 Anderson Mill Road
For this event, you can sign up online or text 512-801-1629 to register to pick up a meal via drive-thru.
- When: Thursday, Nov. 25, from 8 to 11 a.m.
- Where: St. William Catholic Church, located at 620 Round Rock West Drive in Round Rock.
You can register online to help cook, package and deliver meals to those in need. Operation Turkey is aiming to prepare 45,000 meals this year. Citywide.
- Meal prep on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.
- Meal delivery on Thursday, Nov. 25, from 8 a.m. until noon
To-go meals are available to the public on a walk-in basis. The event is also in need of volunteers and food donations are welcome.
- When: Thursday, Nov. 25
- Where: Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 1800 E. Eleventh St.
Is your organization distributing free meals for Thanksgiving? Text us your event information at 512-459-9442.
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