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We have rounded up a list of confirmed places to enjoy a free meal on Thanksgiving as well as ways to volunteer. Please check with the organizations listed to find out what types of food they will be serving.

Blanchet House does not serve meals on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day so that our shelter residents who work in the kitchen can enjoy a day of rest. We do have volunteer opportunities that you can do from home on Thanksgiving. Please see the list below.

Portland Rescue Mission

Meal Time: 6 pm, Thursday
111 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

The type of meal varies. A traditional meal is served on the Weds. night before Thanksgiving.

Roux Boi

Meal Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2349 SE Ankeny St.

One plate per person. First come, first served. Fried turkey, collard greens, potato salad, rice, roll, and a drink.

Sisters of the Road

Meal Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
133 NW 6th Ave.
(503) 222-5694

Union Gospel Mission

Meal Time: 10 am, Thursday
3 NW 3rd Ave

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PROPER with Po’Shines Café de la Soul & Celebration Tabernacle Church

Meal Time: 12 – 4 pm, Thursday
Celebration Tabernacle Church
8131 N. Denver Ave, Portland OR 97217
Contact: Robin Gordon 503-890-5393


Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

You can volunteer from home by doing one of the following meaningful activities.

Make Sack Lunches

Prepare 10-100 sack lunches. Review our Sack Lunch How-To for the details.

Assemble Care Kits

Pack care kits containing essential survival items like socks, toiletries, rain ponchos, and snacks

Host A Clothing Drive

Our guests are in need of adult-sized seasonally appropriate clothing and sleeping essentials.


Drop Off Hours

Donations can be dropped off Mon-Sat*, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m. *We are closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

Pull up to our entrance, knock on the door to get our attention, and a staff member will retrieve your donation from the car. If you’d like a donation receipt, we can provide one. You can also call us at 503-241-4340 or email

If you would like to volunteer on-site at Blanchet House on a day that is not a holiday sign up here. Blanchet House is open Mon-Sat, except for New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Have a question? Blanchet House Frequently Asked Questions

Where to Volunteer In-Person on Thanksgiving or Christmas

Many organizations do not have volunteer openings on Thanksgiving because it is such a popular holiday for volunteering. You can look for volunteer opportunities at Hands On Greater Portland. We suggest you give thanks in other ways like holding a clothing drive, making care kits, or donating money.

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