8 Places Where Seniors Can Eat for Free on Thanksgiving

Cooking a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings is taxing and expensive. Many seniors don’t have the energy or the funds to cook a turkey dinner, and don’t live near family or friends who they can share a meal with. But thankfully, those seniors don’t have to go without a nice dinner on Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the holiday, lots of restaurants and charities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are giving back and offering free meals to seniors and other people in need. Here’s a list of just some of the places where seniors can eat for free on Thanksgiving in our area.

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Norma’s Cafe — 1123 W. Davis Street, Dallas, Texas 75208

Norma’s Cafe has been hosting a free Thanksgiving luncheon for more than thirty years. This year, they’ll be serving up classic holiday favorites like turkey, stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Oak Cliff location in Dallas. Knowing Norma’s, the food will be delicious, so seniors who live nearby should stop in and grab a plate.

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The Slow Bone — 2234 Irving Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75207

Every year, The Slow Bone hosts a Thanksgiving dinner that’s free for everyone. In years past, the restaurant has served Thanksgiving classics like turkey and stuffing alongside delicious barbeque dishes from their regular menu like ribs and brisket. Seniors in need of a hot meal or some company can stop by The Slow Bone between noon and 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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Meat U Anywhere BBQ — 91 Trophy Club Drive, Trophy Club, Texas 76262

Seniors who participate in the Metroport Meals on Wheels program can sit down and enjoy a meal at Meat U Anywhere this year. The barbeque restaurant is offering a free lunch to Meals on Wheels participants and their families to give them a chance to get out of the house and socialize.

Seniors who come to the luncheon can expect to be served delicious dry-rubbed turkey and other holiday staples like mashed potatoes and gravy. To sign up for the event, visit the Metroport Meals on Wheels website.

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Salvation Army — 5302 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75235

Every year, the Salvation Army hosts a Thanksgiving luncheon for people in need of a hot meal at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center in Dallas. Seniors who attend the luncheon can expect turkey with all the fixings, including green beans, mashed potatoes, yams and pumpkin pie. The lunch typically runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., but seniors who want to attend should call to confirm.

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Impact City Church — 11550 Plano Road, Dallas, Texas 75243

Impact City Church is a non-denominational church located in Dallas. They’re hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner this year for anyone who needs it. Seniors can stop by Impact City on Wednesday, November 27th at 5 p.m. to grab a plate and enjoy the company of the church community.

Inspired to Live Church — 2455 Ascension Boulevard, Arlington, Texas 76006

Inspired to Live is another church in the Dallas area that’s offering a free meal to anyone who needs it. Seniors who don’t have a place to celebrate Thanksgiving can head to the church on November 27th at 6 p.m. for dinner or November 28th at 11 a.m. for lunch.

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Operation Turkey

Operation Turkey is a volunteer organization that delivers free Thanksgiving meals to thousands of people in need across 22 cities, including Dallas and Fort Worth. Seniors who can’t make it out of the house this Thanksgiving can request a meal and have it delivered directly to their door. Each meal comes with turkey, stuffing, veggies, a slice of pie, and a drink—everything you need to celebrate the holiday.

Seniors who would like to receive a meal this year can sign up using the form on Operation Turkey’s website.

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Meals on Wheels

Seniors can sign up for Meals on Wheels and have lunch delivered to their door every weekday, including Thanksgiving Day. This year’s Thanksgiving lunch will include turkey breast, gravy, cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, and a cinnamon sugar cookie for dessert. If you want your loved one to receive this delicious meal, you can sign them up for Meals on Wheels by visiting the VNA website and filling out the application form.

Many seniors can’t prepare a Thanksgiving meal on their own. But luckily, there are lots of places they can go this year to get a hot meal and enjoy the company of their community.