Thanksgiving 2018: Places to Give and Places to Receive

Published October 25, 2018 | Social Worker | Updated November 5, 2018 | Automatically Archived on 11/21/2018

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Thanksgiving Planning*

November is just around the corner, and with it Thanksgiving. Our special Thanksgiving dinner will happen one week before the big day: on Thursday, November 15, at our Concord location, First Parish. To reserve a seat (and so we have a headcount for the event), email [email protected]
Our schedule for the week of Thanksgiving will be:

  • Monday, November 19: Pantry is CLOSED.
  • Tuesday, November 20: Senior pantry 12:45-3 pm, all others 3-6 pm to pick up holiday items.
  • Thursday, November 22: We are CLOSED.

Our turkey distribution days are Thursday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 20. On those days, guests may choose to pick up a turkey (and a bag with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and root vegetables) and not shop that day; they may pickup the turkey and fixings and shop at their regular appointment time that day; or not pick up a turkey but shop that day at their regular appointment time.

It’s multiple choice with no wrong answer!

Thanksgiving Turkey & Stuffing Donation Request*

Our freezer space is limited and we want to offer 100+ families a turkey, stuffing and all the fixins’ for a Thanksgiving meal! Two organizations (Cambridge Trust and Imprimativa) have generously committed to providing 50 turkeys.
Can you help?
We are seeking 50 more turkeys to distribute to guests on Thursday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 20.
If you can provide a frozen 10-15 lb. turkey plus a bag of bread stuffing, we will happily accept your donation in Maynard on these days:

  • Wednesday, November 14, 10AM-4PM
  • Thursday, November 15, 10AM until NOON
  • Monday, November 19, 10AM-4PM
  • Tuesday, November 20 – 10AM until NOON

If you can help, please send an email to [email protected] with your name, #of turkeys & stuffing and the day/time you can drop them off.
We already have 75 families who want a turkey; more will be signing up. Our guests will be able to shop for Thanksgiving fixins’ in our market so, with your help, they will have a holiday table filled with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted root veggies, and more. Mmmm!

Turkey Trot*

Before you sit down to that turkey dinner, why not pre-spend your calories with a quick trot around the block? The Turkey Trot is a 5K run around Concord’s MinuteMan Park.

This family friendly event, along with the Acton Turkey Trot the following day, attract over 1,000 runners combined. A portion of both these events benefit Open Table, Acton food Pantry, and area local youth running programs. Come on out with a super-fun attitude and your running shoes! Costumes are encouraged! Walkers welcome!

The 5K Race, which starts at 8:30 AM sharp, starts and finishes at the Keyes Road parking lot in Concord Center. The top-3 overall will win medals as well as the top-3 in 9 age groups from 12 & Under to 70+.

Participants who pre-register are guaranteed to receive an event T-shirt. Pre-registration is $30 and is available online or by mail (see the event website for details). There is a cap of 1500 entrants, so register early.

Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Open Table pantry.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner for Those in Need**

We will be preparing and delivering Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.  Hot dinners are picked up at St. Ann’s kitchen at 11:15AM on Thanksgiving Day for delivery. 

If you know of anyone who would like to receive dinner, please let us know.

Also, we need volunteers to help:

· Shop for groceries prior to Thanksgiving Day
· Cook, either at home or at the church
· Bake breads at home and drop off at church
· Bake pies or cakes at home and drop off at church
· Assemble and package the dinners at the church
· Clean up at the kitchen  
· Deliver dinners
· Prepare holiday notes to be included in the dinner bag

Please call Judy or Tom Kokinda at 508-655-9141
[email protected] or [email protected]


Gift Cards for The Holidays at the Sudbury Food Pantry

This year the Sudbury Food Pantry, located at Our Lady of Fatima parish, 160 Concord Rd. in Sudbury, will be offering $35 gift cards per family each month in November and December in lieu of turkeys (due to space limitations). The pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30a-2:15pm.

For additional food and basic need resources, please click here and also visit the “Basic Needs” tab on this website.


Lincoln Sudbury High Thanksgiving Dinner

Noon, Nov. 21, Lincoln-Sudbury High School’s Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon  hosted by the LS MLK Action Project. Free to seniors of Lincoln and Sudbury. Students will serve the turkey, donated by Whole Foods and Sudbury Farms, along with all the fixings. LS Jazz Band will play and State Senator Mike Barret will visit. Let Sudbury Senior Center or Lincoln COA know you will attend.




*Directly from the Open Table Newsletter

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