Thanksgiving 2023: Where to find free meals around Indianapolis – IndyStar

The holidays are a busy, expensive time of year and not everyone can devote hours or resources in preparing a Thanksgiving dinner. For those in need of a free meal this year, IndyStar has collected a list of places around Indianapolis and Central Indiana where you can get Thanksgiving turkeys or meals at no cost.
What: The George T. Goodwin Community Center invites its community, friends and family to join them for a Thanksgiving Dinner.
When: Noon – 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.
Where: George T. Goodwin Community Center, 3913 W Mooresville Road, Indianapolis.
What: Free turkeys will be given out at the Watkins Family Center at Watkins Park. The event is sponsored by Janet Easley and Bobbie Jones.
When: 9 a.m. until all the turkeys are gone, Saturday, Nov. 18.
Where: Watkins Park, 2360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Indianapolis.
More: One turkey will be provided per vehicle. For questions, call 317-327-7175
What: The Edna Martin Christian Center will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, providing hot meals that include a traditional dish of turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls and pie. The food will be distributed via drive-thru or walk-up.
When: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Where: Edna Martin Christian Center at 37 Place, 2605 East 25th St., Indianapolis.
More: The meals are available at no cost to residents of Martindale Brightwood and its surrounding communities while supplies last.
What: Redeeming Love Church in Noblesville is giving away food boxes with milk, eggs, meats, snacks and other items.
When: 2-6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22
Where: Redeeming Love Church, 1950 Conner St, Suite C, Noblesville.
What: The Irvington Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a community-wide effort to ensure everyone has a place to go and a warm meal to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day.
When: Doors open at 11 a.m. for Social Hour. Dinner served from noon-2 p.m.
Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Church & School, 30 S Downey Ave, Indianapolis,
More: To attend or request delivery, please contact the Parish Office at Our Lady of Lourdes at 317-356-7291 or by Tuesday, Nov. 21.
What: The Mozel Sanders Foundation will distribute meals on Thanksgiving Day while supplies last.
When: Serving begins at 10:30 a.m.
What: Johnson County Banquets invites all to a free drive-thru Thanksgiving banquet. Deliveries will be available to Johnson County residents only. To request a delivered meal, contact Johnson County Banquets as soon as possible.
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 23
Where: Scott Hall, 250 Fairground St., Franklin
More: Email or call 317-662-0199 if you are homebound and would like a Thanksgiving meal delivered.
What: A Thanksgiving Day drive-thru meal will be provided at three Hamilton County sites for those looking for a free meal. All assistance is first come, first served to Hamilton County residents and requires an application.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23
Where: White River Christian Church, 1685 N. 10th St., Noblesville; Sheridan Community Center 300 E. 6th St., Sheridan; St. Louis de Montfort 11441 Hague Road, Fishers.
More: Good Samaritan Network will provide deliveries for elderly, disabled or otherwise homebound residents who have signed up for a Thanksgiving Day meal delivery. Deliveries are not guaranteed with an application. Visit or call 317-842-2603 for more information.
What: The Lisa Muegge Feast of Plenty will host its annual Thanksgiving Day celebration by providing meal delivery and carry-out for residents.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23
Where: This year there will be two food distribution locations: Hancock County 4-H building, 620 N. Apple St., Greenfield and the Rushville Elks Club, 223 E 3rd St., Rushville.
More: For all meal and grocery requests, residents can call 317-335-7590. Those looking to volunteer and make donations can visit to register.
What: A free Thanksgiving dinner will be presented by Plainfield Christian Church. Dine-in, drive-thru and meal delivery will be available. No reservations are required for dine-in or drive-thru.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23.
Where: Guilford Township Community Center at Hummel Park, 1500 S. Center St., Plainfield.
More: Deliveries will be available to Guilford Township residents or those without transportation. Call 317-839-2384 to request delivery. All requests must be made by 4 p.m. Nov. 20.
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