Where to find free Thanksgiving meals in November

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With the financial challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, many River Valley residents are looking for ways to continue enjoying Thanksgiving.

Churches, nonprofits, and businesses are offering free holiday meals with community gatherings in November.

First Presbyterian Church

5:00 p.m., November 7; 116 N. 12th St., Fort Smith

On the first Sunday of each month, the First Presbyterian Church hosts a meal that is open to the public. The first Sunday in November will be the church’s Thanksgiving meal.

Saint-Boniface Catholic Church

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 21; 1820 N. B Street, Fort Smith

The Thanksgiving meal at the Saint-Boniface Catholic Church will take place in the parish hall, located at the corner of North 19e and North C.

The Salvation Army Fort Smith

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 25; 301 N. 6th St., Fort Smith

This year, the Salvation Army at Fort Smith will be hosting a Thanksgiving lunch with 300 meals.

The organization is seeking donations for these meals, including 20 turkeys, six gallons of milk and 60 pies or cakes. The full list of items needed can be found at The Salvation Army website at Fort Smith.

Riverview Campus of Hope

10 a.m. and 4 p.m., November 25; 301 S. E St., Fort Smith

The Riverview Hope Campus will host its annual Thanksgiving lunch and dinner. Meals are open to the public and residents of the HOPE campus.

Reid’s Hometown BBQ

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 25; 42 W. Main Street, Booneville

With turkey, buns, mashed potatoes and more, your family can enjoy a delicious meal at Reid’s Hometown Barbecue. The restaurant will also offer take-out and delivery to Booneville.

Broadway Joe’s Cafe

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 25; 313 W. Shawntel Smith Blvd., Muldrow, Oklahoma

Broadway Joe’s Cafe offers a free meal on Thanksgiving Day. You can enjoy a sit-down or take-out meal.

Midland Heights United Methodist Church

12:00 p.m., Nov. 25, 3500 N. 6th St .; Fort Smith

On Thanksgiving Day in Midland Heights, you can find lunch with all the preparations. Masks are optional.

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