DES MOINES, Iowa — There are resources across central Iowa to help those in need get festive food on the table for Thanksgiving 2022: Thursday, Nov. 24.
Here's where to find free meals and food assistance in the Des Moines metro for the holiday.
Need a holiday ham, turkey or chicken? Bidwell will provide Thanksgiving meat of choice to households who regularly receive the Bidwell food package.
Households are not eligible if they have already received a Thanksgiving service from another DMARC pantry. A valid photo ID is required for pick-up.
- When: Nov. 1 through Thanksgiving, while supplies last
- Pantry open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: Bidwell Riverside Center, 1203 Hartford Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50315
While Hope Ministries has reached their capacity for Thanksgiving meal deliveries, the organization will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner on site.
All are welcome: no reservations, documentation or proof of income is necessary.
- When: Thanksgiving Day, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: Hope Cafe, 1310 6th Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50314
Enjoy a hot meal this Thanksgiving, courtesy of the Parks Community. Choose between dine-in, pick-up or delivery.
No reservation is required for those dining in. To sign up for meal delivery or pick-up, call 515-875-5229 by Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 12 p.m.
Delivery is available to Des Moines residents only. There is a limit of eight meals per household.
- When: Thanksgiving Day
- Dine-in: 11 a.m.
- Pick-up: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Delivery: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Where: Chuck's Restaurant, 3610 6th Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50313
For the fifth year in a row, grab some smoked or frozen turkey and a plate of soul food the day before Thanksgiving. Kids are welcome
- When: Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.
- Where: Platinum Kutz Barbershop, 2301 University Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Take your pick of a dine-in, drive-thru or delivery Thanksgiving meal this holiday.
Households must sign up and pre-order their meals by by calling 515-943-2519. Meals are open to anyone; visitors are not required to provide documentation and proof of income is not necessary.
- When: Thanksgiving Day
- Drive-thru: 11 a.m.
- Dining Room: 12 p.m.
- Delivery: Within 10-mile radius of the church
- Where: 2107 E. 33rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50317
- Drive-thru: Back parking lot
- Dining room: School gym
Need a turkey to complete your Thanksgiving dinner? During the month of November, you can pick up a frozen turkey during scheduled pantry hours.
Anyone can receive a turkey, provided they show identification and have not used a different DMARC food pantry in the same month, according to Every Step.
- When: November during scheduled pantry hours
- Monday-Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to noon
- Where: Urbandale Food Pantry, 7611 Douglas Ave., Suite 34, Des Moines, Iowa 50313