ICA's Turkey & Holiday Meal Program

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Zion Lutheran Church, Hopkins: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Christ Community Church, Excelsior: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

The Thursday before Thanksgiving is one of ICA’s best days all year! It is the day when dozens of ICA staff and volunteers hand out turkeys and the fixings for a holiday meal to hundreds of our neighbors.

We set up in the morning at Zion Lutheran Church in Hopkins. There is a festive feel as we unload tons (literally, tons!) of food from the ICA truck, set up tables so that neighbors can choose their food, and welcome partner organizations. We’ll serve about 550 clients at Zion during the day—we’re there from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After we finish at Zion, we pack up the truck and head to Christ Community Church in Excelsior, where we’ll serve an additional 75 clients or so.

After November 16th, we’ll send out an additional 50-100 turkeys through the Mobile Food Shelf, Home Delivery, and regular food shelf, to ensure that all of our neighbors have a chance to join this program!

Turkey Day (as we call it!) By the Numbers (2016): 

  • 554 clients served at Zion Lutheran Church
  • 74 clients served at Christ Community Church
  • 70 approximate number of volunteers
  • 11 round trips to the Food Shelf and back to pick up and deliver more food!
  • 22,663 pounds of food given away in one day--that's enough for 18,885 meals!

Please help us make this year’s Turkey and Holiday Meal Giveaway a success! Donate here. $17 will provide a turkey and holiday meal for one family in need in our community.

Read last year’s Sun Sailor coverage of Turkey Day here.

If you need food, please contact us: 952.938.0729.