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

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

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

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

San Diego Turkey Giveaway 2023

San Diego Turkey Giveaway & Health Fair

Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D., in partnership with the San Diego Food Bank, Feeding San Diego and the City of La Mesa, are hosting the annual 79th Assembly District’s Turkey Giveaway & Health Fair.

The event will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. There is a limit of one turkey per household.

A member from each household must be present. Registration does not guarantee a turkey.

Those attending are encouraged to take the orange line trolley and exit at La Mesa Blvd.

Bring a cart to carry turkey and food items, they will be heavy.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 10:00am – 1:00pm

Where: La Mesa Civic Center at 8130 Allison Avenue, San Diego, CA

Registration: Register online at a79.asmdc.org/giveaway.

 

Salvation Army San Diego – Thanksgiving Day Meal, Centre City Corps

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Where: 825 Seventh Ave San Diego, CA 92101

Event Details:

The Salvation Army of San Diego is providing their annual Thanksgiving meal to-go to anyone in need.

The meal will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and even pumpkin pie.

Each meal is served while supplies last on a first come, first served basis.

Salvation Army San Diego – Thanksgiving Day Meal, Oceanside

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Where: 3935 Lake Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056

Event Details:

The Salvation Army of San Diego is providing their annual Thanksgiving meal to-go to anyone in need.

The meal will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and even pumpkin pie.

Each meal is served while supplies last on a first come, first served basis.

 

Salvation Army San Diego – Thanksgiving Day Meal, East County Red Shield Community Center

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Where: 1011 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92021

Event Details:

The Salvation Army of San Diego is providing their annual Thanksgiving meal to-go to anyone in need.

The meal will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and even pumpkin pie.

Each meal is served while supplies last on a first come, first served basis.

 

Turkey and Pie Giveaway San Diego, CA 2023

Drive-Thru Turkey & Costco Pie Giveaway

Horizon Christian Fellowship is hosting their 5th annual Turkey and Costco Pie Giveaway!

They will be giving away free Thanksgiving turkeys (average 10-14lbs) and Costco pumpkin pies.

This is a drive-thru event. All food is distributed on a first come, first served basis.

When: Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Taft Middle School, 9191 Gramercy Drive, San Diego, CA 92123

 

Thanksgiving Meal, San Diego Christian Center

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023

Where: 1305 Deodar Rd, Escondido, CA 92026

Event Details:

The Christian Center provides a Thanksgiving meal for those who are in need.
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San Diego Padres Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

When: 2023 DATE COMING SOON!!

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Event Details:

The Padres are teaming up with the San Diego Food Bank to help 1,000 families this Thanksgiving.

Their goal was to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys and traditional sides to families identified by the San Diego Food Bank and military families from the USO.

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Bayview Baptist Church – Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

When: 2023 DATE COMING SOON!!

Where: 6134 Pastor Timothy J Winters St, San Diego, CA 92114

Event Details:

The Bayview Church is truly going to encompass the spirit of giving and thankfulness this month by donating an 18-wheeler full of turkeys to those in need.

One thing that makes this donation event so unique is the church’s “no questions asked” policy for those who show up in need. There is also no service or ministry required at the event; it is purely a day to give and receive freely.

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Holiday Food Assistance Programs in San Diego

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

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

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

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

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 San Diego Summary

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