Long Beach: Free Turkey Giveaways & Thanksgiving Dinner (2023)

The holidays can be a financially stressful time for anyone, but even more so this year due to inflation and the rising cost of food. While some are fortunate enough to fill their table with an indulgent dinner spread, many families in the Long Beach area are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, a record number of people in Long Beach are facing food insecurity this holiday season. For those who are barely meeting their basic needs, the holiday season is a harsh reminder of how little support is provided to low-income households. Fortunately, there are a variety of programs and organizations that offer a free Thanksgiving dinner in Long Beach, including free turkeys.

To help relieve some of your holiday stress, we have put together a list of all the nonprofit organizations offering holiday food assistance and free Thanksgiving dinner, Turkeys, and other food giveaways in the Long Beach area.

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Long Beach, including Turkey Giveaways (2023 Guide)

Below is a list of all the organizations offering a Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Long Beach for 2023.

We will provide you with the organization name, program offerings, registration requirements and instructions, address, and contact information.

Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway & Celebration

When: Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Church of Scientology of Los Angeles, 4810 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Event Details:

Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner, we are putting on a Turkey Giveaway and celebration! Come join us, receive your Turkey and celebrate!

In addition to the Turkey Giveaway, we have the following fun activities planned for you and your family.

  • Hot chocolate & apple cider
  • Free professional family photos

Come dressed in your Sunday best for holiday photos! We have a professional photographer who will be taking portrait shots that you can use to send to your family and friends this holiday season.

Enjoy hot chocolate and apple cider!

Our Turkey Giveaway is one Turkey dinner per family and is first come first serve.

We ask that you show proof of your ticket to receive your Turkey Dinner.

We look forward to seeing you!

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7th Annual Veterans Appreciation Thanksgiving Dinner

When: Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 2:00 – 6:00pm

Where: Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, 1816 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Event Details:

Our veterans and their families are invited to attend a Thanksgiving Celebration to show appreciation to veterans and those currently serving in the United States Military.

Thanksgiving Dinner is free for all veterans and their families. This will be a buffet service.

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first come first serve basis! Please RSVP to Save Your Seat!

Entertainment will be provided at the event for your enjoyment.

If you are interested in donating any items, exhibiting or volunteering, please email [email protected] or call us at 800-478-1927. Also, feel free to visit our website at www.vaga.us

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Long Beach Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Dinner

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2023 from 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Long Beach Rescue Mission, 1335 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813

Event Details:

Long Beach Rescue Mission will be serving meals to the public this Thanksgiving season.

On November 22, Thanksgiving Eve, it’s anticipated that dinner will be provided from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Then on Thanksgiving Day, brunch will be served at 10 a.m. to residents only.

The organization is opening its doors to homeless and hungry guests again this year and expressed their need for 54,000 Thanksgiving meals.

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City HeART Annual Thanksgiving Turkey meal

When: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Where: The Resource Hub – 2291 W Williams St, Long Beach, CA

Event Details:

Every year, we turn the Tuesday before Thanksgiving into an incredible opportunity to prepare an entire Thanksgiving dinner for the community living in supportive housing at the Villages at Cabrillo.

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Christian Outreach in Action – Thanksgiving Meal and Blessing Bags

When: Saturday, November 25, 2023 from 11:30am – 3:00pm

Where: 515 E 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90802

Event Details:

Christian Outreach in Action will host a Thanksgiving meal and blessing bags event on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 515 E. Third St.

The meals will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the bags will be available from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cooking and non-cooking options will be available.

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Long Beach LGBTQ Free Thanksgiving Meals

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2023 from 11:00am – 3:00pm

Where: The LGBTQ Center Long Beach – 2017 East 4th Street Long Beach, California 90814

Event Details:

The Long Beach LGBTQ Center will host a Giving Thanks meal distribution for the community.

Meals will be available on Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and distributed in The Center’s parking lot behind the building.

In an effort to ensure everyone receives a Thanksgiving meal and no food goes to waste, the Center requires everyone to sign-up for a timeslot to pick up a free meal.

To sign up for a free thanksgiving meal, click here.

Here are the meal options.

  • Baked chicken with macaroni and cheese, Southern greens, and green beans
  • Smoked brisket with macaroni and cheese, Southern greens, and green beans
  • Vegetarian option with grilled vegetable medley.

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Holiday Food Assistance Programs in Long Beach

We hope this on all the organizations offering free Thanksgiving dinners in Long Beach this year was helpful.

We will continue to update this post as more opportunities for free Thanksgiving dinners in Long Beach are announced.

Interested in more holiday assistance? Check out our list of Christmas Assistance Programs in Long Beach for 2023!

The holidays can easily become a financial burden for many low-income families living in Long Beach.

We aim to help you navigate these difficult times and achieve financial security.

With that said, we would love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments if you found this information helpful and would like more articles like this!

Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Long Beach Summary

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