Pledge to Volunteer This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to volunteer. Whether it’s assembling Thanksgiving meal boxes or serving Thanksgiving dinner, there are a lot of opportunities to make the holiday special for families in need. Start planning your Thanksgiving volunteering today!

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.

Helping families in need this Thanksgiving

"We probably wouldn't be doing Thanksgiving if it weren't for this. This means we get to have a nice meal as a family, which we wouldn't be able to afford otherwise." - Crystal from Gary, Indiana

Crystal is just one of the millions of hardworking people who turned to Feeding America and our network of 200 food banks for help during the holidays. After Crystal lost her job as a waitress, she wasn't sure if her 10-month old daughter Ella would have the first Thanksgiving. But thanks to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and their dedicated volunteers, her family had all the food they needed for a traditional celebration.

Listen to more stories about the people who have fallen on hard times and need some help from their local food banks.

Crystal and her ten month old daughter Eva