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Free Thanksgiving dinners to be held around Rochester. How you can help
This story has been updated as some places have changed their plans.
Free community Thanksgiving meals have become a tradition for many churches, charities and businesses in the Rochester area.?With COVID-19 cases on the rise, some?annual events have been canceled, while others will shift to a takeout format.
Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, Nov. 26. Several events will be held that day, while others are held throughout the week.
Note that as guidelines for indoor gatherings change?due to COVID-19, plans for some of the sit-down dinners may change.?
Charities say this year the demand for food has increased.?Here are some of the free events planned for people in need that week, and how you can contribute if you have plenty.
Asbury Dining & Caring Center,?1010 East Ave., will offer a grab-and-go Thanksgiving meal from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Registration is not required. Call (585) 441-4356 for more information.?This ministry of?Asbury First United Methodist Church is always in need of food items, personal hygiene supplies, sleeping bags and?money.
The Blessed Sacrament Supper Program?at?534 Oxford St. will offer a hot, homemade?takeout turkey dinner?from?5?to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24. It is accepting contributions of ingredients used in the Thanksgiving meal, as well as monetary donations to cover the cost of takeout containers.?Call (585) 442-5279.
Brothers & Sisters Unisex Salon, 1278 Dewey Ave., will hold its fifth annual Thanksgiving meal. It will collect food?¡ª turkeys, stuffing, nonperishable canned goods?¡ª through Nov. 23 at its shop at 1278 Dewey Ave. It will distribute meals for families to prepare at home on Nov. 23 while quantities last. On Thanksgiving Day, it will host a free community dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. at New Beginnings Church,?1511 Dewey Ave.?(585) 458-5519.
Canandaigua Salvation Army, 110 Saltonstall St., Canandaigua, will serve free Thanksgiving meals by delivery only. To request a meal, call (585) 394-6968 by Nov. 16; the office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meals with Love at Central Church of Christ,?101 S. Plymouth Ave., will offer Thanksgiving baskets; sign up is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the front door of the church. It will hold a community Thanksgiving worship and dinner on Thanksgiving. The service is at 10:30 a.m. and the community dinner is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free coat distribution will take place from noon to 2 p.m. The church is seeking?donations of coats as well as?turkeys.?Call (585) 325-6043.
A Meal & More at Christ Churchdowntown,?25 Broadway, will serve a hot takeout meal from 1 to 2:30 p.m.?Sunday, Nov. 22. Registration is not required. Donations of food items and money are welcome; donations can be made online at amealandmore.org. Call (585) 705-7475.?
Dimitri House,?102 N. Union St. will serve a takeout turkey dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. Registration is not required.?
In addition, it will hand out food baskets to recipients who signed up in October. It is?in need of people to donate the food baskets or individual items to go in the baskets.?Dropoffs of baskets and food items are accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call (585) 325-1796.
The Hope Dealers?will be offering its second annual?Hopesgiving?takeout Thanksgiving meal beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at 831 N. Clinton Ave. Food will be available until it runs out, most likely around 1:30 or 2 p.m. Registration is not required. The meal will be prepared by two restaurants and also by volunteers for the support group of people in recovery from addiction; contributions are welcome. The group also cleans up needles in the neighborhood and helps get people into recovery. Call (585) 633-8690.
Jimmy Z¡¯s Plates & Shakes, 53 Main St., Brockport, will serve a free takeout?turkey dinner?from noon to 3?p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Donations are welcome; all proceeds will go to the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf or?Brockport Toy Shelf. Reservations are required, and there's a limit of one meal per person; call?(585) 637-7060.
Maudie Mae's Soup Kitchen, in the Eastern Orleans Community Center at 75 Public Square in Holley, Orleans County, will serve a sit-down turkey dinner at noon on Friday, Nov. 20. Pre-registration is not required. Donations of potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, baked pies, pickles, olives and money are welcome; dropoffs are accepted from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (585) 638-6395.
Samaritan House Emergency Shelter?at the Open Door Mission, 210 W. Main St.,?will serve a grab-and-go?meal for the community from 3 to 6?p.m. Nov. 26. People staying at the shelter will eat from 6 to 8 p.m.?Preregistration is not required. It is in need of donations of frozen turkeys, cranberries and stuffing.?Call (585) 325-3246.
St. Peter's Kitchen,?681 Brown St., will serve a grab-and-go meal from noon to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Pre-registration is not required. It also offers Thanksgiving Day baskets; people have already signed up for those. Donations of money, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pre-baked pies, canned vegetables and packages of dinner rolls are welcome.?Call (585) 235-6511.
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