Share Your Bounty With These Philly and Main Line Thanksgiving Food Drives
Give back through one of these local charities.
We celebrate abundance on Thanksgiving, but many in our community aren’t so lucky. To kick off the season of holiday giving, we made a list of local food drives that are accepting donations for Thanksgiving meals.
Here are some ways for you to give back to the Philadelphia-area community with the gift of food.
Through November 13
Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St., Philadelphia
Old Pine Community Center is partnering with HIAS, a national non-profit organization assisting refugees in the United States. Food items such as oil, juice, pasta, and other non-perishable items may be dropped off at the community center during operating hours.
Always accepting donations
3616 S. Galloway St., Philadelphia
The well-known hunger-relief organization not only accepts donations year-round, but is also accepting frozen turkeys for the Thanksgiving season. Monetary donations go a long way, since $1 equals two meals for needy families in the Delaware Valley region. Philabundance’s website also makes it easy to find out how to host your own local food drives in your neighborhood to contribute to helping the 90,000 people they serve each week.
Through November 16
Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. Fifth St., Philadelphia
This local organization uses art to promote economic and social development in El Corazón Cultural del Barrio (The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia), located in North Philadelphia. Taller Puertorriqueño is accepting canned groceries and winter clothing to give to members of the local community for free during a hot lunch event on November 22. To volunteer or donate food, contact Carlos Pardo at email@example.com or by phone at 215-426-3311.
November 17, 10 am
Bible Way Baptist Church, 1323 N. 52nd St., Philadelphia
We Feed the Homeless Philly is a local non-profit organization doing just what it says, feeding the homeless. Their turkey drive will be for local need-based families, and they are accepting turkeys and also monetary donations through PayPal.
Through November 22
Pickup locations throughout Philadelphia area, Western suburbs, and parts of Southeast New Jersey
Pie in the Sky is a fundraiser hosted by MANNA, a non-profit organization providing nourishing, home-delivered meals 3 times a day 7 days a week to individuals with life-threatening illnesses for no charge. Order a pie for your own Thanksgiving table or donate a pie to one of MANNA’s recipients.
Accepting donations throughout the Holiday season
Towamencin Police Department, 1090 Troxel Road, Lansdale
This local police department is accepting 24/7 donations of unopened nonperishable food items that will be donated to Shepherd’s Shelf and Mitzvah Circle Foundation, which serve local families in need.
Year-round, currently accepting Thanksgiving donations
302 N. 13th St., Philadelphia
This local organization provides many opportunities to needy individuals in Philadelphia, and not only serves three meals each Sunday, but also hosts a men’s shelter, a women’s transitional home, and more. While Thanksgiving donations are currently being accepted (see a list of specific items here), SBRM also collects personal care items and clothing year-round. Drop-offs are always encouraged, but SBRM can arrange pickups for especially large donations. For more information, email the volunteer coordinator email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year-round, but currently accepting Thanksgiving and holiday season donations
634 Sproul St., Chester
Cityteam Chester does a ton of drives throughout the holiday season, including a food drive, turkey drive, toy drive, blanket and coat drive, and others throughout the year. Cityteam also does their part to provide a myriad of other services, including diaper donations, shelters, medical and dental clinics, and other need-based programs.
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