Thanksgiving At
Food & Friends

November 2020

I would like to thank the entire Food & Friends team for the most wonderful Thanksgiving meal I could have ever hoped for. Because of you, I was able to invite my parents to dinner at my place for a change.
-Food & Friends client

Join us for a special month of service!

Monday, November 9th – Thursday, November 26th

Food & Friends
219 Riggs Road NE
Washington, DC 20011

Join Food & Friends as we ensure that our seriously ill clients are able to enjoy a festive Thanksgiving meal with loved ones. Together, volunteers will help prepare and home-deliver 3,500 full thanksgiving meals with all of the traditional holiday favorites – an entire roasted turkey, dressing and gravy, sides and pie, delivered to each of our clients’ homes.

New this year! Volunteer opportunities will start early this year to allow for proper physical distancing in the kitchen during our preparations. On Thanksgiving Day, delivery volunteers will get their assignments and meal bags entirely outside and only a limited number of volunteers will be working in the building. Please see full details for volunteer opportunities below!


Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

Pre-Thanksgiving Prep
Thanksgiving Day
Slice of Life

Monday, 11/9 – Wednesday, 11/25

Food Preparation

This year, our Thanksgiving operations will look a little different. Since the number of volunteers for a given shift is tightly constrained due to COVID-19 protocols, we’re offering Thanksgiving shifts starting as early as November 9th.

A large part of making Thanksgiving possible is maintaining our regular meal and delivery schedules. Not every shift will be Thanksgiving specific, where you will be handling turkeys or preparing tasty side dishes. Many shifts will work to ensure that our clients get the regular nutrition they need. You will play a large part in making Thanksgiving happen, whether you touch a turkey or not.

In this rollercoaster year, we need Thanksgiving more than ever. That’s why we’re celebrating it all November long at Food & Friends!

Kitchen shifts last 2-3 hours and are available at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 5:00 pm. Kitchen volunteers must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 16.

Register Here

Delivery Thanksgiving Week

Even during the excitement of Thanksgiving, we still need to deliver our regular, nutritious meals! All volunteers for these shifts must have a background check and vehicle report on file, and have attended an orientation. If you are a new volunteer, you’ll be prompted to create an account to get started.

Sign up to deliver meals the Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Thursday, 11/26

Thanksgiving Meal Deliveries

On Thanksgiving Day you will deliver meals to 2-4 clients living in D.C., Maryland or Virginia. Clients will receive a complete turkey dinner for 5 people so that they can host their friends and family for the holiday. There are five delivery shifts: 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12 pm. You will get your route assignment and pick up your meals outside at the Fort Totten Metro parking lot. Volunteers must use their own vehicle, have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. The driver must be at least 18, but there is no lower age limit for passengers, making this a great activity for the whole family.

All delivery volunteers must complete a mandatory virtual orientation prior to Thanksgiving Day. Information about how and when to complete the orientation will be made available after you sign up for your shift. 

Food Preparation

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, only a limited number of volunteers will be working in the building on Thanksgiving Day. You will assist with the holiday food preparation and packing groceries in our kitchen. Kitchen shifts last 2-3 hours and are available at 6:30 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am. Kitchen volunteers must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 18.

Slice of Life Pie Distribution

Volunteers for Slice of Life will serve as Food & Friends’ representatives at each of our pie pick-up locations on Tuesday, November 24th, assisting customers as they arrive. All volunteers and customers will be asked to abide by local COVID-19 safety guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing. There are also opportunities to volunteer outdoors.

Register Here

About Us

“Food is medicine for the body.  I feel like a valuable person and that I can battle this cancer with your help.  You don’t know how grateful I am to receive this food.”


Established in 1988, Food & Friends is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides nutritionally tailored, home-delivered meals to people facing a life-challenging health crisis. We believe that food heals and this year we will prepare and deliver more than 1 million meals across 5,300 square miles to more than 4,000 neighbors – all at no charge. We help our clients feel better, connect them to their community and empower them to manage their illnesses. At Food & Friends, we are driven by a simple premise: anyone can get sick and everyone can help.


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