5 Places for a FREE Thanksgiving Meal in Erie County Today

November 14, 2019

The United Way of Erie County has compiled a list of places where you can find FREE Thanksgiving meals on Thanksgiving Day in Erie County. 

For more information on any of these programs, please visit PA 211 Northwest.

Thursday, Nov. 28:

🦃YMCA of Greater Erie - Downtown Branch

31 West 10th Street

Meals served: 8:00am to 10:00am

More info: 814-452-3261

🦃Calamari's Squid Row

1317 State Street

Meals served: 10:30am to 1:30pm 

More info: 814-459-4276

🦃Dominick's Diner

123 East 12th Street

Dinner served: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

More info: 814-456-6891

🦃Gannon University

Waldron Campus Center

628 Peach Street

Hosted by Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network

Meals served: 11:00am to 1:00pm

More info: 814-836-4198

🦃Park United Methodist Church

30 North Lake Street, North East

Meals served: 11:30am - 2:00pm

More info: 814-725-4105

Other community Thanksgiving meals:

Saturday, Nov. 30

🦃Greater Erie Alliance for Equality LGBTQ Friendsgiving for Teens

Erie Day School, 1372 W. Sixth St.

Meals served: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Registration required: Register here. 

More info: Message


Did you know if you're in need of any sort of help you can call 211? 

About United Way's 211 Helpline:

PA 211 Northwest is part of the national 211 Call Centers initiative that seeks to provide a free, easy-to-remember telephone number, chat, text, and a web resource for finding health and human services – for everyday needs and in crisis situations.

PA 211 Northwest is brought to you by a partnership among local United Way organizations, local county government, and human service providers in the Northwest region, along with PA 211, and United Way of Pennsylvania. United Way of Erie County serves as lead entity for the 13 county Northwest PA region.

Every day, highly trained 211 call specialists provide referrals to:

  • Basic Human Needs Resources: food banks, shelters, rent and utility payment assistance
  • Physical and Mental Health Resources: crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling
  • Employment Support: financial assistance, job training, education programs
  • Support for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities: home-delivered meals, transportation, health care
  • Youth and Child Care Programs: after school programs, summer camps, mentoring, protection services
  • Regional Disaster Preparation

Those who contact 211 gain free, confidential access to thousands of programs and services that can help improve the quality of their lives. Help is available by dialing 2-1-1. TTY and language services are available in more than 170 languages and dialects. 211 can also be reached by texting your zip code to 898-211 or chatting with a 211 specialist through the website. Resources are also available through the website 24 hours a day, seven days a week.