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Free Thanksgiving Meals and Food Distribution this Holiday

Below are some resources on how to receive Thanksgiving Meals in Wichita. Some of these events will provide free food, turkey distribution, Thanksgiving food boxes through the Kansas Food Bank, and community outreach dinners. We are wishing everyone a safe and joyful Thanksgiving celebration!

Free Thanksgiving meals and Distribution

2023 Thanksgiving Meals & Food Distribution: 

Turkey Distribution from Open Door

  • Monday, November 20
  • Tuesday, November 21
  • Wednesday, November 22
  • Between 9 am – 11:45 am & 1 pm – 3:45 pm
  • See more info below or requirements. 

New Life Church of Wichigta Produce Pantry

  • 1156 N Oliver, Wichita, KS 67208
  • (316) 558-3003
  • Friday before the 4th Saturday of each month from 4:45-5:45 pm.
  • November date is the day before Thanksgiving on November 22

Grace Community Church in Newton Free Thanksgiving Meal

  • Thursday, November 23 from 11:30 – 1:30 pm. 
  • This is a free meal, and all are welcome. 

Bethel Life Church Free Thanksgiving Meal

  • Thursday, November 23 from 11 m – 2 pm while supplies last
  • Call 316-522-7148 for more info.

Lord’s Diner Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Will have Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, November 23, for dine-in or to-go at both locations from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 
    • 520 N Broadway
    • 2825 S Hillside

Lords Diner Food Truck

  • On Thursday, November 23rd, the food truck will be at Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center and Hilltop Community Center from 4 – 6 pm and at Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center from 4-5 pm. 

St. John Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Thursday, November 23
  • 1644 N Piatt
  • Dine in or carryout from 1 – 4 pm

Kansas Food Bank Holiday Resource

  • See below for info. 

Central Community Church

  • Is excited to invite families to their annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution. Each car will receive—completely free!—a frozen turkey and a grocery bag of traditional Thanksgiving fixings to feed 4-6 people.
  • Here are the details:
    • Saturday, Nov. 18, at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple St., Wichita, KS.
    • 6:30am-Noon (or until out of food)
    • FREE frozen turkey and fixings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner
    • Recipients must be in a car and drive through the line
    • Only one turkey and grocery bag per car

Thanksgiving Fun Facts: Thanksgiving has its roots in the early 17th century when the Pilgrims and Native Americans came together for a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. This event is often considered a symbol of the cooperation and goodwill between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims, who had recently arrived in the New World.



Thanksgiving is a time for people to reflect on the positive aspects of their lives and express gratitude for the blessings they have received. It encourages individuals to focus on the good things and appreciate the people around them.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for families and friends to come together. It provides an opportunity for people to reconnect, share a meal, and strengthen social bonds. Many people travel long distances to be with their loved ones during this holiday.


In the United States, Thanksgiving is a national holiday observed on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a time when people across the country pause to celebrate and give thanks, creating a shared experience that unites individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 

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