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Free Thanksgiving Dinners Offered Throughout Community

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Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Tallahassee

St. Peter P. B. Church
2565 Centerville Road
Tallahassee, Florida
12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Contact Dorothy Henry, 228-9433


Free Thanksgiving Dinner In Valdosta

Sponsored by Sons of Solomon
3151 and Electra Chapter No. 323

Free home-cooked Thanksgiving Day dinner with turkey, dressing/giblet gravy and all the trimmings, St. John AME Church, 800 W. Magnolia St. at 10am.


Free Community Meal in Monticello

A free community Thanksgiving meal will be provided at the First United Methodist Church of Monticello from 11:30 to 1:30 pm on Thursday, November 22nd.

Address: 390 West Walnut Street in Monticello.

Turkey and all the trimmings will be served.


Thanksgiving Blessfest in Thomasville

Thursday, November 22nd from 10am - 12pm the Word Doers Ministries and Inside Out Nation, will be offering Thanksgiving meal delivery. A sit down dinner is scheduled from 12 pm-2 pm at the Thomasville High School Cafeteria (315 S. Hansell St. in Thomasville).


Tallahassee Free Community Thanksgiving Gathering at Lake Ella

For the 15th consecutive year, Premier Construction & the Ghazvini Family will underwrite and coordinate Tallahassee’s Community Thanksgiving Gathering & Celebration. Premier and its team of community volunteers will be offering more than just turkey and dressing at the American Legion Post 13 on Lake Ella between 11:00 and 1:00 on Thanksgiving Day. Sponsors and volunteers will be dishing out plenty of hugs, hope and laughter as they serve the 750 guests expected to share Thanksgiving dinner.

“Although the purpose is to make sure nobody goes hungry on Thanksgiving,” said event sponsor Jason Ghazvini, “this event offers food to nourish the heart & soul as well as the body. This tough economy requires us to combine our community resources and share our strengths. The simple acts of sharing and caring are invigorating to all who participate. Taking time to share a family meal, some conversation and a little entertainment makes us realize that we are not alone. Both guests and volunteers at this gathering gain strength from one another and leave better equipped to overcome whatever obstacle may lie ahead.”

Guests will enjoy musical entertainment of the Charles Atkins Band and phones will be available so families can reconnect with distant relatives and friends. No matter what your circumstances, whether you are facing tough times, unemployed or find yourself without home or family – there is no reason to feel isolated or alone on Thanksgiving. No reservations required – everyone is welcome!
A Star Metro bus will provide free transportation beginning at 10:30 a.m. from The Shelter on Tennessee St., the Renaissance Community Center, Tallahassee Veterans Village and The Home Front.

Premier has once again organized a local power team of co-sponsors who donate, prepare and serve every item on the menu. American Legion Post 13 has graciously donated its beautiful facility on Lake Ella and Tallahassee Veterans Village is working with them to coordinate food service & supplies. Leon High School has offered its kitchen as the staging area for food preparation and storage. 2nd Helpin’ Catering will smoke 50 – 60 turkeys donated by Rocky Hanna family and . Culinary students at Leon High School and Lively will be making cornbread stuffing and green bean casserole; mashed potatoes and gravy are being prepared by the HOPE Community. America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend is bringing in all of those yummy deserts and coordinating supplies. About 150 volunteers will begin setting up at 7:00 a.m. to be sure the meal is ready to serve at 11:00.

Volunteers are still needed to help raise the tents & set up tables & chairs starting at 7:00 a.m. Volunteers must pre-register by calling 205-5211.


Project Annie's 15th Year

Folks who want a hearty, hot meal this Thanksgiving can always knock on Annie's door.

Volunteers at Project Annie are busy getting ready to feed more than a thousand people. More than 50 batches of greens were on the chopping block today.

There are 60 turkeys basting in the ovens at East Hill Baptist Church too. All of it is for those in need of a free meal on Thanksgiving.

Annie Johnson, Founder Project Annie: "how many people do you think have actually come through here and been able to for a hot meal? They didn't sit down because I serve it take out in take out plates. Over 50,000 I know."

This is Project Annie's 15th year. The doors will be open at fourth avenue in frenchtown from 11am to 4 on thanksgiving day.

Project Annie Contact Info:
625 W. 4th Avenue
Tallahassee, FL - 32303
(850) 222-6133


A FAMU professor is once again making sure some people in our area have food on their tables this Thanksgiving.

Ray Bellamy spearheaded the collection and delivery of meals to people in need.

Today he enlisted the help of Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell to surprise one woman.

Then interim president of FAMU Doctor Larry Robinson stopped by another house with a box of food.

Dennis Jones, Tallahassee Police Chief, said, "Sheriff and I said, well let's go deliver some turkeys, people call law enforcement turkeys but we want to make sure that everyone is happy on thanksgiving."

There were several stops today. TCC's President Jim Murdough also helped deliver meals.


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