The spirit of Thanksgiving was felt across the city as people came together to celebrate the holiday with food and camaraderie. Throughout the week there was also a sense of giving back as many people across the city are volunteering their time to help others.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thousands of people lined up from the Upper West Side to Midtown to watch the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Floats, marching bands, celebrities and Santa Clause made their way through Manhattan. Giant balloons this year included The Elf on the Shelf, Fantasy Chocolate Factory by Kinder, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon and Splashin Safari Adventure by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. Diana Ross, John Legend and Anika Noni Rose were among this year’s performers.

Al Sharpton’s National Action Network hosts Thanksgiving dinner

The National Action Network (NAN) hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community at the House of Justice in Harlem. The event was free and open to the public. Earlier this week NAN distributed free turkeys to families.

Raising awareness about hunger in NYC

Elected officials and other prominent New Yorkers will joined Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, to release the organization’s annual survey on demand at soup kitchens and food pantries and new findings on food insecurity and hunger in New York City and New York State. The report is the only one of its kind identifying how many people in New York City and State are working and still living in hunger. Berg also released first-ever data on hunger numbers in the New York City Metropolitan area in addition to first-ever data on the cost of ending hunger.

Volunteers distribute Thanksgiving meals at Harlem pantry

Food Bank For New York City partnered with Bank of America to hand out hundreds of boxes of Thanksgiving meals to New Yorkers in need at Food Bank’s Community Kitchen & Food Pantry in Harlem. Last week, 640 volunteers from Bank of America packed 3,000 boxes of Thanksgiving meals, 300 of which will be distributed in Harlem. Bank of America and Food Bank For New York City have been fighting hunger and poverty together for more than a decade.

Council Member Laurie Cumbo hosts turkey meal giveaway

Brooklyn Council Member Laurie Cumbo hosted a turkey meal giveaway last Saturday at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf. Families received a turkey along with side dishes. Sponsors of the giveaway included Stop & Shop, GrowNYC and Target.

Media mogul Mona Scott-Young gives away turkeys

Monami Entertainment CEO Mona Scott-Young continued her philanthropic community work this holiday season as a team leader in the GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s (GCF) annual #GiveThanks Turkey Giveaway program. A GCF board member since 2013, Scott-Young helped provide healthy meals for almost 1000 families and elders in need this Thanksgiving along with tv personality/entrepreneur Yandy Smith-Harris. The turkey drive has expanded beyond Newark, NJ to include Atlanta and Harlem. A cocktail fundraiser was held last Saturday at the Montclair Art Museum.

One Hundred Black Men of New York feeding 10,000 New Yorkers

One Hundred Black Men (OHBM) of New York provided $40,000 to help local churches and institutions provide meals for New Yorkers between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Partner churches include Abyssinian Baptist Church, Salem Methodist United Church, Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem, and the National Action Network in Harlem. Last week, OHBM members distributes turkeys and food baskets at the churches.

Council Member Andy King and rapper Dave East giveaway turkeys in the Bronx

New York City Council Member Andy King, Rapper Dave East and representatives from community and faith-based organizations distributed turkeys to the public for the holiday season. The Thanksgiving giveaway took place at Beulah Church of God, Bronx. Scores of people stood on line to receive hoodies and backpacks donated by East and turkeys donated by the Governor’s office, MetroPlus, Workmen’s Circle and Fresh Direct. Members of the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program assisted in the distribution

Earlier this month, King and Bronx restaurant owner Paul Brown kicked off the season of “Sharing is Caring” by providing a hot lunch and distributing brand-new winter coats to more than 50 children from the neighborhood. Many of the coat recipients resided at Eastchester Garden’s NYCHA development, which is experiencing major heat insufficiencies.

Food Bank for New York City hosts pre-Thanksgiving meal in Harlem

On Wednesday, Food Bank For New York City served a pre-Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings to more than 500 of the city’s most vulnerable residents, including an early seating just for seniors. Food Bank will also provide hundreds of “Thanksgiving Meals to Go,” so that residents will have a special meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte distributes turkeys in Brooklyn

On Monday Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte helped distribute 600 turkeys to local service-based organizations that are serving Brooklynites in need this Thanksgiving. Recipient groups include HELP USA, a national organization that develops and manages permanent supportive housing, operates shelters, and runs prevention programs, and Masbia, a local kosher soup kitchen network.

Harlem students put together vegetable baskets for families

GrassROOTS Community Foundation distributed approximately 470 fall harvest baskets with healthy, organic vegetables to students at Opportunity Charter School (OCS), a school which serves the city’s most vulnerable student population.