Free Thanksgiving meals, holiday meal assistance in Central Iowa

Looking for a free meal or food help on the Metro Des Moines this Thanksgiving? Here’s what you need to know.

DES MOINES, Iowa — There are resources across central Iowa to help those in need put festive foods on the table for Thanksgiving 2022: Thursday, November 24.

Find free meals and food assistance on the Des Moines subway for the holidays here.

Need a holiday ham, turkey or chicken? Bidwell provides Thanksgiving meats of choice to households that regularly receive the Bidwell Grocery Package.

Households are not eligible if they have already received Thanksgiving service from another DMARC pantry. A valid photo ID is required for pickup.

  • When: November 1 through Thanksgiving, while supplies last
    • Pantry open from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • Where: Bidwell Riverside Center, 1203 Hartford Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50315

While Hope Ministries has reached its capacity to deliver Thanksgiving food, the organization will be serving a free Thanksgiving dinner on-site.

All are welcome: no reservations, documentation or proof of income are required.

  • When: Thanksgiving Day, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m
  • Where: Hope Cafe, 1310 6th Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Enjoy a hot meal this Thanksgiving courtesy of the Parks Community. Choose between eat-in, pickup or delivery.

Reservations are not required for guests dining there. To schedule meal delivery or pickup, call 515-875-5229 by Wednesday, November 23 at 12:00 p.m

Delivery is available to Des Moines residents only. There is a limit of eight meals per household.

  • When: Thanksgiving Day
    • Dinner: 11 a.m
    • Pick up: 11am to 1pm
    • Delivery: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
  • Where: Chuck’s Restaurant, 3610 6th Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50313

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St. Joseph Catholic Church (East Side Cluster of Churches)

This holiday, choose from a Thanksgiving dine-in, drive-in or delivery service.

Households must register and pre-order their meals by calling 515-943-2519. Meals are open to all; Visitors are not required to provide documentation and proof of income is not required.

  • When: Thanksgiving Day
    • Passage: 11 a.m
    • Dining room: 12 p.m
    • Delivery: Within a 10 km radius of the church
  • Where: 2107 E. 33rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50317
    • Driveway: Rear parking lot
    • Dining room: school gym

Need a turkey to complete your Thanksgiving dinner? In November, you can pick up a frozen turkey during pantry hours.

Anyone can receive a turkey provided they show ID and have not used any other DMARC pantry in the same month, according to Every Step.

  • When: November during pantry opening hours
    • Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m
  • Where: Urbandale Food Pantry, 7611 Douglas Ave., Suite 34, Des Moines, Iowa 50313

For information on upcoming Christmas and holiday programs, visit Every Step’s winter resources page and 211 Iowa’s holiday programs page.

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