Free the Need gave out over 150 boxes of Thanksgiving food on Friday, including turkeys, some which weighed over 30 pounds. Photo courtesy of Mallie Testerman.

This holiday season, the need for food is up as people struggle with unemployment amidst the pandemic. Mission Local compiled a list of places to get free meals on Thanksgiving this year.

Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, located at 225 Potrero Ave., is serving thanksgiving meals to go from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday. They will be serving a holiday roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, pie, stuffing and hot chocolate. All you have to do is come, get in line and get served! 

Miracle Messages is hosting a virtual Thanksgiving for unhoused people this Thursday morning at 11 a.m. The Salvation Army is delivering around 290 meals which will be delivered Thursday morning, but they do not have any more meals to hand out. 

GLIDE will be serving an outdoor Thanksgiving meal on the 300 block of Ellis St. with live music from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. To-go containers will be packed with turkey, ham and all the fixings, with options for outdoor table service.

The SF-Marin Food Bank did all of its Thanksgiving grocery distribution prior to the holidays, and gave out extra food the past few weeks in the Mission through the Mission Food Hub, which gave out the last of its turkeys on Wednesday. 

City Team, a nonprofit community organization will be serving thanksgiving meals to go from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 164 6th St. 

Duc Loi Supermarket on Mission Street will not be serving their usual Thanksgiving meals, due to the pandemic. 

If you know of any other places offering free meals this Thanksgiving, please email

Happy holidays to all! 

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Clara-Sophia Daly is a multimedia storyteller and reporter who has worked both in print and audio. A graduate of Skidmore College where she studied International Affairs and Media/Film studies, she enjoys working at the intersection of art and politics, and focusing on the stories of individuals to reveal larger themes.

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  1. You’re a day late and a dollar short on the free Thanksgiving meal story.
    Posting this information on Monday wd have been helpful, posting it today is nearly useless.
    Try to keep that in mind for Christmas.

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