Find a Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunity

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to volunteer at your local soup kitchen, food pantry, or food bank. Whether it’s assembling Thanksgiving meal boxes or serving food at a Thanksgiving dinner, there are a lot of opportunities to make the holiday special for families in need.

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How to volunteer at a food bank for Thanksgiving:


There’s nothing like Thanksgiving to bring people together and remind us all we can be thankful for in our lives. The best way to get into the spirit is by volunteering in your own community. Here are some of the ways you can give back during Thanksgiving at your local food bank or food pantry:

  • Sort and pack food donated for Thanksgiving meals
  • Assist families during their visit to the food bank or food pantry
  • Deliver meals to the elderly or people with disabilities or health conditions
  • Cook and serve dinner at a soup kitchen or community meal

During the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers are asked to follow additional safety measures like maintaining social distance and wearing masks. If you would like to help from home, please consider starting a virtual Thanksgiving food drive.

Read our tips for having the best volunteer experience this Thanksgiving.