Churches, other groups to sponsor free Thanksgiving meals

GREEN BAY – COVID-19 has made many changes in our lives, including how we will celebrate the holidays.

Each year, many local churches and groups have hosted Thanksgiving meals in their areas of northeastern Wisconsin. While some have decided not to continue that tradition due to COVID-19, others have been able to restart their annual dinners, some with modifications that include pickup or delivery options.

Below are the groups who shared their plans with The Compass. Meals are on Thursday, Nov. 25, unless otherwise noted.

APPLETON: Christ the Rock Church is offering in-person dining and meal deliveries. No reservations are needed for the noon to 2 p.m. meal, served at The Grand Meridian at 2621 N. Oneida St. Delivery is within a 15-mile radius of The Grand Meridian and is from 9-11 a.m. Food delivered will be cold, for food safety, and must be reheated. To request a meal, visit the website at or call Christ the Rock, (920) 730-8383. Rides to The Grand Meridian also available. Volunteer drivers and meal preparers needed as well as donations to the church food pantry at W6254 Hwy 10-114, Menasha.

APPLETON/FREEDOM: Rico’s Family Restaurant at 2025 N. Richmond St., Appleton, and N3994 Columbia Ave., Freedom, will host free dinners, dine-in or takeout, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations (except for large groups) needed. Volunteers welcome. Call (920) 903-8118 and (920) 687-9170.

CRIVITZ: Northwood’s Apostolic Church will host their 6th Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crivitz Village Hall, 800 Henriette Ave. RSVPs not needed but appreciated at (715) 938-4934. Volunteers and donations also appreciated.

GILLETT: (Note date.) Hillside Assembly of God, 5890 State Highway 22, will host its 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Eve Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. This is both takeout and area delivery (Gillett, Suring, Cecil and Oconto Falls), with some limited seating at the church. Reservations required for dine-in and can be made at or by calling the church at (920) 855-2962. For delivery or pickup, call the church. 

GREEN BAY: New Community Shelter, 301 Mather St., will host Thanksgiving meals as both dine-in and doorside pickup. Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and supper from 5 to 6 p.m.

GREEN BAY: Christian Outreach Ecumenical Thanksgiving Ministry will host dinner for those in need or alone on the holiday. As of press time, details had not been announced, although Christian Outreach’s Facebook page had this announcement as of Nov. 1: “Now taking meal reservations! Call (920) 490-7030 to reserve your meal delivery.” Each year, this event fills up quickly and reservations are “first come, first served.”

HOWARD: St. John the Baptist Parish will host a dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SJB Commons Place at 2561 Glendale Ave. (Green Bay). Seats limited. RSVP by Nov. 15 by calling (920) 434-2145 or emailing [email protected]. Carryouts available, also with RSVP. 

MARINETTE: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1600 University Drive. (Pierce and University), will host its annual turkey dinner Community Meal as a drive-through from 10-11 a.m. at the Pierce Avenue driveway. Food delivered will be cold, for food safety, and must be reheated. Reservations needed by Nov. 21. Call the church at (715) 735-3101 or email [email protected]. To volunteer or make donations, call the church at (715) 735-3101.

MENASHA: (Note date.) Saturday, Nov. 20, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Mary Parish Hall, 528 Second St. Sponsored by St. Mary and St. John Parishes. For reservations, home deliveries, takeout (Neenah, Menasha and south side of Appleton only) call St. Mary’s office, by Nov. 12, at (920) 725-7714. (Takeouts stop at 6 p.m.)

OSHKOSH: Father Carr’s Place 2B, 1062 N. Koeller St., will host a drive-through style Thanksgiving Meal. This will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Advance reservations required by Monday, Nov. 22. Individuals can request multiple meals when making a reservation. For reservations, call (920) 231-2378, by Nov. 22. Due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person dining or residential deliveries. Father Carr’s Place 2B needs donations of food, including frozen turkeys. Donations can be dropped off at the Mother Teresa Center at Koeller Street. For more information, contact John Nieman, executive director, at [email protected] or (920) 231-2378

POUND: (Note date.) Hillside Assembly of God, 2023 County Road Q, will host its 28th annual Community Thanksgiving Eve Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This is dine-in as well as takeout and delivery (in Pound-Coleman area only). Reservations needed as soon as possible for all. Call June at (920) 344-7354, Judy (920) 897-4271or Barb at (920) 591-1707.  

WAUTOMA: St. Joseph Parish, 364 S. Cambridge St., will provide a free Thanksgiving dinner as curbside pickup or local delivery only. No inside meals. Pick-up will be in the church parking lot between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by Friday, Nov. 19, to Helen Cox (920) 787-5900. Leave name, phone and numbers of meals wanted. For deliveries, give correct addresses. Deliveries will only be made to Wautoma and Wild Rose. Monetary donations and donations of turkeys by Nov. 19.