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How To Volunteer on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day many of us think about giving back to others. It’s a popular time for thousands of compassionate people to search for opportunities to volunteer at charity kitchens like Blanchet House. However, most service providers like Blanchet House only have a few volunteer spaces available per day or are closed.

So, how can you help on Thanksgiving Day? We have so many ways for you to help your community from home! Below, is a list of ways you can volunteer on Thanksgiving Day from your home.

Volunteer to Make Care Kits on Thanksgiving

Make Care Kits

Pack hygiene supplies and more. They will be distributed to guests at Blanchet House. Learn More

Volunteer to Make Sack Lunches on Thanksgiving

Make Sack Lunches

Sign up to donate sack lunches that will be given out on Saturday at Blanchet House. Learn More

Collect or Make Warm Clothing

  • Knit or crochet hats for adults experiencing homelessness.
  • Hold a drive to collect gently used and new adult-sized socks, gloves, beanies, or other cold-weather items.

Learn more about the types of clothing we need and drop-off hours. Email us at with questions or to let us know your plans.

Volunteer in Blanchet House cafe Portland

Thanksgiving Day Free Meal Providers

Blanchet House’s cafe is closed on Thanksgiving Day but we have compiled a list of other places offering meals that day. Please check with the organizations listed below to find out what types of food they will be serving. Not everyone is serving a traditional Thanksgiving plate of food but you can receive a free prepared meal.

Meals on Us

Thursday 11/23/23 from 12-5 p.m. at 2818 NE Halsey St.

Offering roasted chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green bean casserole. For family meals sign up here. For individual meals, just show up.

Outside In

Brunch will be served at 11 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. on Thursday 11/23/23.

1132 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

These meals are for youth 16-24 years old.

Portland Rescue Mission

A Thanksgiving meal will be served on Wednesday 11/22/23 at 5:45 p.m.

Regular meal services will be open on Thursday 11/23/23

  • Breakfast – 7 a.m.
  • Dinner – 6 p.m.

111 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

No additional volunteers are needed to help serve.

Proper’s Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Homestyle food made from scratch will be served on Thursday 11/23/23, 12-4 p.m.

8131 N Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217

Additional information, including ways to volunteer, can be found at

Union Gospel Mission

Serving an indoor meal from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on 11/23/23.

3 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209

The Father’s Heart

Under Oregon City Bridge
Hwy Bridge, West Linn, OR 97068


We will update this list as we learn about confirmed meal providers. If you want to be added to our list please let us know at

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