With the cost of food increasing, purchasing the ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner could hit people’s wallets harder than usual Thursday. 

Tarrant County residents have a variety of choices to access free food for Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few options for you to get free food or a hot meal, plus some options for where you may volunteer: 

Request a meal ahead of time

Tarrant Area Food Bank

The Food Bank will host one more distribution event before the Thanksgiving holiday. The final distribution event will take place Monday, Nov.  21. Harvesting In Mansfield will host a distribution from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 150 S. 6th Ave. in Mansfield.

Harvesting in Mansfield 

Harvesting in Mansfield will host another distribution event before the holiday. The organization will distribute 5000 meals at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 21, at 1110 W. Debbie Lane, Mansfield. 

Operation Turkey

The volunteer-run organization will distribute meals to residents who request them. You can expect delivery between 10 a.m-2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. You can sign up for up to 25 plates. Each plate represents a meal for one individual containing turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pie, and a drink.

You can also volunteer to help Operation Turkey here

Mission Arlington 

The Arlington-based organization will deliver baskets of food to families starting at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving. The organization will deliver turkeys, hams, food baskets, and cooked meals to the homes of more than 6,000 families, according to its website. 

You can contact Mission Arlington by calling 817-277-6620. You can get information about volunteering here

Christian Community Assistance Fort Worth

Christian Community Assistance added Thanksgiving items to its normal food distribution at 1903 W. Bowie St, Fort Worth. Residents must call 817-921-9622 Monday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. to make an appointment. 

The Salvation Army North Texas 

The Salvation Army of North Texas will host a food pantry Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the organization’s Fort Worth location, 1855 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. The Salvation Army will also serve breakfast at 7:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Free Meals on Thanksgiving Day

New Spirit Of Prayer Family Church 

The Fort Worth Church will host a community thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 24, from noon. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at 4232 Wichita St., Fort Worth. You can sign up for a spot here

Inspired to Live Church 

The Arlington church will host a Thanksgiving Dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 at 2455 Ascension Blvd., Arlington. You can register to attend the event here

Christian Center of Fort Worth

Christian Center of Fort Worth will serve a free Thanksgiving Day meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and distribute a free bag of groceries. You can attend the meal at 4301 N.E. 28th St., Haltom City. 

Rachel Behrndt is a government accountability reporter for fortworthreport.org. She can be reached at rachel.behrndt@fortworthreport.org. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Rachel BehrndtGovernment Accountability Reporter

Rachel Behrndt is a government accountability reporter for the Fort Worth Report in collaboration with KERA. She is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri where she majored in Journalism and Political...