Thanksgiving dinner at National Action Network (252499)
Credit: Bill Moore photo

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 93nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Floats, marching bands, celebrities and Santa Clause made their way through Manhattan. The Morgan State University Marching Band participated in this year’s Giant balloons this year included Spongebob Square Pants, Smokey the Bear, Dr. Suess’s The Grinch and Olaf from Frozen. Ciara, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Rowland and Billy Porter 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.

Actor Ben Vereen joins Harlem Sigmas for Thanksgiving feeding

Entertainer and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member Ben Vereen with be joined the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Thanksgiving morning to serve meals to the community at Paradise Baptist Church in Washington Heights. The fraternity served meals with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Raising awareness about hunger in NYC

Elected officials and other prominent New Yorkers 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.

Food Bank NYC teams up with Bank of America for food giveaway in Harlem

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. The initiative helps lessen the burden on New Yorkers struggling with food insecurity over the holiday period. Last week, 640 volunteers from Bank of America packed 3,000 boxes of Thanksgiving meals, 300 of which will be distributed in Harlem.

Thanksgiving Community Coat Drive

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez participated in a Thanksgiving Coat Drive last Saturday. The Latino Pastoral Action Center Inc., hosted the community event, which was sponsored by Major World, Dominican Sunday, S.O.Y, and Credit City. As the City drops in temperature, these organizations wanted to provide some relief to those in need for the holiday season.

One Hundred Black Men of New York hosts turkey and food basket distribution in Harlem and Queen

The Founding Chapter of One Hundred Black Men (OHBM) with the support of corporate sponsors, Mount Sinai Health System, Macy’s, Emblem Health, Merck, United Airlines, and REBNY, provided food baskets to 10,000 New Yorkers during the 2019 Holiday Season. Kicking off last, OHBM provided $40,000 worth of turkey and food baskets to help local churches and institutions provide meals for New Yorkers between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Newark officials distribute 6,000 turkeys

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Believe in Newark Foundation, HelloFresh, Goya Foods, Pepsi, Sylvia’s Restaurant, Sylvia’s Soul Food Products, Whole Foods Market, Riviana Foods, Bindi North America, Inc., and The Brantley Brothers Transportation Company distributed more than 6,000 turkeys and additional food products to Newark residents on Monday. Food companies also donated mashed potatoes, cranberries, pasta, beverages and cheesecake. The food was distributed at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center.

Turkey giveaways in Staten Island

Keith Cummings and the Richmond County Kiwanis Club responded to City Council Member Debi Rose’s call to help families this Thanksgiving. Cummings and the organization partnered with PS 68 to provide turkeys for families in need.

Cardinal Dolan and Catholic Charities distribute Thanksgiving turkeys in Harlem

Timothy Cardinal Dolan visited the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center in Harlem to distribute 800 Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need. Families also received onions, yams, potatoes, and apples; in total, approximately 21,300 lbs. of food was given away. The Cardinal was joined by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of New York. The Cardinal and Monsignor Sullivan delivered remarks about the meaning and importance of community during the holiday season.

Harlem All Stars Youth Foundation hosts turkey giveaway in Harlem

On Saturday Nov. 23, the Harlem All Stars Youth Foundation donated 100 Turkeys and canned goods to needy families in Harlem. The organization says it’s their way to teach teenagers in the program the importance of giving back to their community. The Harlem All Stars Youth Foundation is a Harlem based 501c Non Profit Organization founded in 2017 committed to the development and empowerment of future leaders and athletes, by using basketball as a tool to improve life skills, excel in academia, health fitness while becoming responsible young adults in society.

New York Jets and Berkeley College students serve holiday meals

The New York Jets and Berkeley College teamed unloaded over 100 turkeys and all the trimmings from Food Bank NYC’s tractor trailer. The players and students served meals to 400+ New Yorkers at a pre-Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday hosted by Food Bank at their Community Kitchen in Harlem. The group served young New Yorkers and their families participating in Food Bank’s Supper Klub – the city’s first ever community kitchen by kids, for kids. The Jets and Berkley College presented a $15,000 check to the Food Bank For New York City, which will provide 75,000 meals for New Yorkers in need.