Annual Thanksgiving dinner at Cook Convention Center on hiatus due to construction and finances

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UPDATE 11/5/2019 – The City says it is working to continue the traditional Thanksgiving dinner after an outpouring of support. Read more HERE.


(CITY OF MEMPHIS NEWS RELEASE) – A 35-year tradition is taking a hiatus. The Memphis Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless and Hungry has been suspended this year due to construction at the Cook Convention Center.

The City of Memphis worked diligently with the Thanksgiving Dinner Committee to put on this event, including opening our doors at City Hall as well as providing medical screenings to guests. Our partners at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church had offered to provide kitchen space as well. 

Unfortunately, organizers felt they didn’t have the finances to move forward with the event. 

We hope the Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless and Hungry will return next year. 

The Memphis Union Mission is holding its annual Thanksgiving meal for the homeless on Wednesday, November 27. St. Vincent DePaul Food Mission will also serve guests on Thanksgiving Day. 

If you are interested in volunteering during the holiday season, opportunities are available with Memphis City Beautiful and Volunteer Odyssey

Please click here to read the statement from the Thanksgiving Dinner Committee.

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