Where to get free Thanksgiving meals in SWFL

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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WINK News has compiled a list of organizations that are distributing free food or meals for Thanksgiving. If you have a giveaway to add, please email the information to PR@winknews.com.


Hearts & Homes for Veterans, 2230 Alicia St., is offering a full Thanksgiving dinner for veterans and their families. You must reserve a dinner and pick it up on Monday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (239) 674-1719. They also have free Christmas trees and decorations, as well as gift wrap, etc., for veterans to take home.

Wesley Community Food Pantry, 4141 DeLeon St., will distribute free Thanksgiving meal kits in addition to a three-day supply of food at its next distribution date on Friday, Nov. 20. The Thanksgiving meal kits are the result of a partnership between Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and Freedom Church. Individuals facing food insecurity in Southwest Florida can register to receive a meal kit and a three-day supply of food at wesleymemumc.com/food-pantry or by calling 239-936-2200. There is a limit of 75 families.

Community Cooperative, 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is distributing full Thanksgiving meal packages to families at its mobile food pantries all month as well as at the main campus on MLK Blvd. from 9 a.m. to noon daily. A list of remaining of mobile pantries to pick up a meal kit is posted below.


First Baptist Church of Naples, 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., will host the St. Matthew’s House and Capital Wealth Advisors annual Turkey Drop on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday meal boxes that include a turkey and sides will be available for pick-up for over 4,000 families. Other locations below.


The Harry Chapin Food Bank is distributing gift cards this year rather than meals to help families with Thanksgiving. The gift cards are being distributed through the organization’s “Partner Agency Program,” which is a network of 150 partner organizations in the areas the food bank serves. To find locations of those partner agencies, visit the food bank’s food locator page.

St. Matthew’s House Capital Financial Advisors Turkey Drop: Meals will be available at the following locations:

  • Friday, Nov. 20:
    The Immokalee Friendship House, 602 W Main St., Immokalee
    LaBelle First Baptist Church, 330 N Main St., LaBelle
    Calvary Church, 19850 Palm Beach Blvd., Alva
  • Monday, Nov. 23:
    St. Matthew’s House Thrift Store, 3954 Broadway, Fort Myers

Community Cooperative mobile food pantries for remainder of Nov.:

  • Thursday, Nov. 19:
    Lehigh Senior High School, 901 Gunnery Rd. N., 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 20:
    Pine Island United Methodist Church, 5701 Pine Island Rd., 10 to noon
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24:
    Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Rd. S., Lehigh Acres, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25:
    Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral, 9 to 11 a.m.

Add yours to the list by emailing the information to PR@winknews.com.

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