The holidays can be a financially stressful time for anyone, but even more so this year due to the rising cost of food from inflation. In fact, a record number of Iowans are facing food insecurity this holiday season. For those who are barely meeting their basic needs, the holiday season is a harsh reminder of how little support is provided to low-income households. Fortunately, there are a variety of programs and organizations that offer free Thanksgiving dinner in Iowa.
To help relieve some of your holiday stress, we have put together a list of all the nonprofit organizations offering holiday food assistance and free Thanksgiving dinner in Iowa for 2023.
To qualify for the Thanksgiving Food Assistance Programs you must be a low-income, Iowa resident and meet the organization’s requirements.
For a list of all the Free Thanksgiving Food Assistance available in Iowa including registration and contact information, keep reading below.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Iowa (2023 Guide)
Below is a list of all the organizations offering Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Iowa for 2023.
We will provide you with the organization name, program offerings, registration requirements, instructions, address, and contact information.
Love in the Action of the Tri-Cities’ Thanksgiving Feast
On Thursday, November 23, Hope Ministries will be offering a free Thanksgiving meal at Hope Café (1310 6th Avenue).
Thursday, November 23, 2023
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
1310 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
On Thursday, November 23, Hope Ministries will be offering a free Thanksgiving meal at Hope Café (1310 6th Avenue) on Thursday, November 23, from 12pm – 1pm. No reservation needed!
We also will be delivering Thanksgiving Meals to families/individuals in need around the Des Moines area. Volunteer registration opens on October 2 and meal order reservations open on October 28.
To make our Thanksgiving meals possible, we are in need of on-site meal assembly volunteers & driver delivery teams to deliver meals in & around the Metro. We do ask that all on-site volunteers are 13 or older &recommend driver delivery teams for groups with younger children.
Thanksgiving Assistance Organizations in Iowa
The following organizations are providing Thanksgiving assistance to Iowa residents. For more information on Thanksgiving food assistance, please contact them directly.
Free Food Banks in Iowa
If you are facing hunger and are struggling to meet your basic needs, there is help available to you at any time of the year.
Iowa food banks and community partners provide hunger relief to low-income individuals and households.
You can get help with free food, groceries, and hot meals at any food bank or local community location throughout Iowa.
To find a free food bank near you, check out our complete Iowa Food Bank list here.
Holiday Food Assistance Programs in Iowa
We hope this guide on all the organizations offering free Thanksgiving dinner in Iowa this year was helpful.
We will continue to update this post as more opportunities for free Thanksgiving dinner in Iowa are announced.
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The holidays can easily become a financial burden for many low-income families living in Iowa.
Our goal is to help you navigate these difficult times and achieve financial security.
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