Area churches will offer free Thanksgiving dinners

GREEN BAY — Thanksgiving Day will soon be here. Since not everyone has a place to go to celebrate the holiday, many area groups sponsor free Thanksgiving dinners. All are welcome at these meals.

A family gathers for a Thanksgiving Day feast in Arizona. Churches and other groups are offering free Thanksgiving meals throughout northeast Wisconsin. (CNS photo | Nancy Wiechec)

Below are listings.  All are on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, unless otherwise noted.

APPLETON: Monarch Gardens, 2311 W. Spencer St., will host a dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home deliveries and transportation are available. Call Christ the Rock Community Church, (920) 730-8383, for deliveries, transport, or to volunteer visit to sign-up. Donations may be dropped off at the church at W6254 U.S. 10 114, Menasha. (Turkey donations are no longer accepted.)

CHILTON: The 36th Thanksgiving Day Express, sponsored by area fire departments, will deliver noon meals in Calumet County only. To have a meal delivered, call the Dairy Queen at (920) 849-9379 or the Eagles Club at (920) 849-9223. Volunteers needed on Thanksgiving Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagles Club, 1041 E. Chestnut St. Pumpkin pie donations are also welcome; deliver to the Eagles Club by Nov. 20 and 21.

CLINTONVILLE: The Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Loerke Council 1922, will sponsor its 41st annual family-style dinner at 11:30 a.m. at the Clintonville Community Center, 30 S. Main St. Freewill offerings accepted. Reservations for noon carryout are requested by Nov. 16: Call Dick or Jeanne Writt at (715) 823-6477. Anyone is welcome to the meal, with or without a reservation. People interested in donating toward the meal, making a pie or helping with the meal can contact Rick Rauterkus at (715) 250-0262.

CRIVITZ:  Northwood’s Apostolic Church will host its third annual “Community Thanksgiving Dinner” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crivitz Town Hall, 800 Henriette Ave. Local deliveries are available. To sign up or volunteer, call Jessica, event coordinator, at (715) 938-4934.

DENMARK: Denmark Public High School, 450 N. Wall St., will be the site of a community meal, sponsored by an ecumenical group of churches, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Local home deliveries are available. To make reservations, call (920) 863-3097 by Nov. 16.

FREEDOM/COMBINED LOCKS/KAUKAUNA:  Rico’s Family Restaurant (427 W. Washington St. in Combined Locks; N3994 Columbia Ave. in Freedom; and 215 W. Wisconsin in Kaukauna), will host a free dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations needed, but volunteers are welcome. Call (920) 423-3204, (920) 687-9170 or (920) 462-4142.

FREMONT: Hope United Church of Christ will host their turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carry outs available. The church is at 8950 Alpine Road. (Three miles south on County H.). Volunteers welcome; call the church at (920) 446-2952.

GILLETT: (Note date.) Hillside Assembly of God, 5890 State Highway 22, will host its 26th annual Community Thanksgiving Eve Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Local area deliveries available. Call the church at (920) 855-2962 for more information or to volunteer.

GREEN BAY: Christian Outreach Ecumenical Thanksgiving Ministry will host dinner at Lambeau Field’s Atrium for those in need or alone on the holiday. An ecumenical prayer service will start at 11 a.m., with dinner from noon to 1 p.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited and reservations are “first come, first served.” For reservations or meal delivery, call (920) 490-7030. To volunteer, sign-up electronically at

GREEN BAY: First Assembly of God, 1460 Shawano Ave., will sponsor its 10th annual dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations needed by Sunday, Nov. 18. Some deliveries available, with requirements; call the church for registration or to request a delivery: (920) 940-8845. Volunteers welcome.

GREEN BAY: New Community Shelter, 301 Mather St., will host both a turkey dinner (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and supper (5 to 6 p.m.). No reservations needed.

HORTONVILLE: SS. Peter and Paul Parish, 109 N. Olk St., will sponsor dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school gym. Reservations not required. Carry-outs available. For a meal delivery, in the Hortonville area only, call the parish by noon Nov. 22 at (920) 779-6133.

KESHENA: St. Michael Church, N816 Hwy. 47/55, will be the site of 17th annual Knights of Columbus Kateri Tekakwitha Council dinner from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local deliveries available for those who cannot drive in. To make arrangements or donations, call the parish (on weekdays only) by Monday, Nov. 19 at (715) 799-3811.

LUXEMBURG: St. John Lutheran, 700 Heritage Road, will be host its 10th annual non-denominational “Friends for Thanksgiving” dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Limited delivery available. To reserve a delivery, call Nancy at (920) 660-3664 by Nov. 9.

MARINETTE: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1600 University Drive (Pierce and University), will host its annual Community Meal from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No reservations needed. To volunteer or make donations, call the church at (715) 735-3101.

MANITOWOC: First German Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1033 S. 8th St., will host their Community Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, call the church at (920) 684-0101, by Nov 12.

MENASHA: (Note date.) Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Community Meal at St. Mary Parish Hall, 528 Second St. Sponsored by St. Mary and St. John Parishes. For reservations, home deliveries, take-out or to volunteer, call St. Mary’s office, by Nov. 12, at (920) 725-7714 email to: [email protected]

NEENAH: Peace Lutheran, 1228 South Park Ave., will host a meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations not needed, but are appreciated for a count. Call the church at (920) 725-0510.

NEW LONDON: The 22nd annual free ecumenical Thanksgiving dinner will be held at United Methodist Church, 709 W. Pine St. Local churches, including Most Precious Blood Parish and St. Patrick Parish in Lebanon, will sponsor this 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. meal. Medivans available on request. No reservations needed; call United Methodist at (920) 982-4703.

OSHKOSH: Father Carr’s Place 2B, 1062 N. Koeller St., will host its 43rd annual “Bread for Others” Thanksgiving Day dinner from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mother Teresa Center. Meals delivered to shut-ins available from 11 a.m. to noon. Volunteer drivers and servers needed, as well as meal preparers. Call (920) 231-2378 for reservations, deliveries (by Nov. 21) or to volunteer or make donations of food. Send monetary donations to “Bread for Others,” Father Carr’s Place 2B, at the above address.

PESHTIGO: St. Mary Parish, 171 Wood Ave., (behind Lee’s Foods) will have an ecumenical dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freewill offerings accepted.

STURGEON BAY: United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St., will host a meal at 4:30 p.m. Carry-outs and deliveries available. Call (920) 743-3241 by Nov. 19 for reservations.

SHAWANO: First Presbyterian and Zion Lutheran Churches will host a buffet noon meal at Zion Lutheran, 1254 S. Union St. Call Zion at (715) 526-2017 for meal reservations. For local meal deliveries for the homebound; call First Presbyterian at (715) 526-3329 by Monday, Nov. 19. Freewill offerings appreciated.

WAUPACA: A Community Thanksgiving Meal will be held at Faith Community Church, N2541 County K. Serving begins at noon. For reservations, transportation or meal delivery, call Bethany Home at (715) 258-5521 by noon on Nov. 19. To volunteer, call Jenny at Faith Community at (715) 581-6475. Freewill donations welcome.

WAUTOMA: St. Joseph Parish, 364 S. Cambridge St., will have its 25th annual dinner at noon to 1:30 p.m. Fellowship start at 11:30 a.m. Freewill donations accepted. For limited delivery to the homebound, or carry-outs, call Helen Cox at (920) 787-5900 from Nov. 12 to 19. Call Helen to make donations of food or money. (If you donate turkey or ham, call by Nov. 9.)