Oakland: 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 Oakland area are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, a record number of people in Oakland 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 Oakland, 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 Oakland area.

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

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

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

20th Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Two Star Market has partnered with the Oakland community to bring a joyous Thanksgiving celebration and meal for all.

In 2021, they served over 1,000 free Thanksgiving meals to the local community.

This year, they want to commemorate the 20th year of serving the community in a BIG way!

They will have live music, free performances, giveaways and much more.

Please find event information below:

Event Date & Time

Thursday, November 23, 2023
1:00PM – 4:00PM

Event Location

2020 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94602

Event Registration

To register, visit their Eventbrite page.


Oakland Community Day of Thanks Free Thanksgiving Meal 2023

Oakland Community of Thanks Free Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

The City of Oakland is hosting their 32nd annual Community of Thanks event for the 2023 holiday season.

With the support of donors and volunteers, the city serves 2000 low-income families, senior citizens, and homeless in Oakland, CA with a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

Come pick-up a free Thanksgiving meal on behalf of the city.

When: Tuesday, November 21, 2023, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Where: Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607


Shiloh Church Oakland Thanksgiving Giveaway

When: Monday, November 20, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Shiloh Church, 3295 School St., Oakland, CA 94602

Event Details:

Shiloh Church has been blessed beyond measure, and we love to give back to our amazing community!

This year our target is to give away 2000 Thanksgiving food bags.

The Thanksgiving Food Giveaway will be on November 20.

"Shiloh Church Oakland Thanksgiving Giveaway"


Lake Merritt United Methodist Church Thanksgiving dinner

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, from 11:45 a.m and 1:30 pm.

Where: 1255 1st Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

Event Details:

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER – Available to all as a take-out turkey meal!

Stop by for your meal between 12 pm and 1:30 pm at our entrance at 1255 1st Ave.

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East Oakland Boxing Association Thanksgiving Giveaway (in partnership with the East Bay Circle of Men)

When: Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 10:00 am.

Where: 816 98th Ave., Oakland (Pearmain Street entrance)

Event Details:

Annual event providing 1,000 families with take-home meals to cook.

Each meal includes a 12-14 lb turkey, stuffing, veggies, cranberry sauce, and muffin mix to feed a family of 4-6.

Preregistration required.

"East Oakland Boxing Association Thanksgiving Giveaway"

Holiday Food Assistance Programs in Oakland

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

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

Interested in holiday assistance? Check out our complete guide on the Free Christmas Assistance in Oakland for 2023.

You will be able to find out where you can get free Christmas gifts, toys and holiday meals. 

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

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 Oakland Summary

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