Thanksgiving Dinner

Each year, volunteers from the parish, the neighborhood, HTNC and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church get together to cook over 350 meals for elderly and homebound people in Yorkville. This is a parish-wide project that is challenging, rewarding, and much fun.

What the Thanksgiving program is about...

"And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces." (Luke 9:16-17)

HTNC's Thanksgiving dinner program, in partnership with St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, is our largest outreach-feeding event of the year. With the help of The Carter Burden Center, the NY Foundation for Senior Citizens and Search and Care, organizations who serve the elderly population of the Yorkville neighborhood, we identify those of our neighbors who are homebound and in need at the holidays.

Through the organized efforts of hundreds of volunteers from the St. Joseph's and Holy Trinity families, as well as from the neighborhood and all of New York City, we prepare over 350 meals, package them, and deliver them to our elderly homebound neighbors on Thanksgiving morning. Weeks of preparation go into this event, and then one full week of chopping, mixing, packaging and cooking, pans of stuffing and hundreds of small containers of cranberry sauce, among many other tasks. Thanksgiving morning is a drill sergeant's dream of efficiency - hundreds of volunteers dishing out food, and then delivering them by foot, by car, and by subway.

Taking part in the Thanksgiving Dinner program is a great way to remember one's blessings and to share the abundance that we have received. It is also a wonderful way to meet one's neighbors and to experience first-hand the love, concern, and generosity of our local parishes, businesses (who generously donate food and supplies to this event), and the Yorkville community. Come and take part this year!

Here is how you can help:

  • Your gift of $25.00 will provide a Thanksgiving meal for 4 people in our neighborhood, and help to provide hospitality for the volunteers who come from across the state and to deliver meals with us on Thanksgiving Day. Please make checks payable to Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center, and put "Thanksgiving Program" on the memo line.
  • Share your time and your talent. On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, we need volunteers to help clean the kitchen, cook, and pack meals. On Thursday morning, we finish packing the meals and we deliver them, If you would like to participate, and for more information, please send an email to      

Shifts and details:


2015 Shift Schedule

Fri. Nov. 20, 2-4 PM; (2 volunteers)  Inventory food & supplies; copy & cut heating & volunteer delivery instructions; sharpen knives; blend seasonings.

Sun. Nov. 22, 1-4 PM; (10 volunteers) Clean & organize kitchen: refrigerators (2) and stoves (2); clear and clean counters; sort utensils; label cabinets and drawers. Clean windowsills.

Tue. Nov. 24, 1-4 PM: (8 volunteers) Prepare and portion 3 Bean Salad into containers; receive Thanksgiving Day cards from St. Joseph's.

Tue. Nov. 24, 6-9PM: (8 volunteers) Spoon cranbery sauce into containers; receive desserts from Chapin & Brearley Schools, and repackage where necessary.

Wed. Nov. 25, 1-4PM: (8 volutneers) Prepare Sweet Potatoes

Wed. Nov. 25, 6-9PM: (14 volunteers) Finish preparing stuffing (if needed); label delivery bags; set-up assembly line with utensils; volunteer sign-in, and snack areas; designate coat area.

Thur. Nov. 26, 8:30 AM: (20-25 volunteers) Prepare coffee; set-up work stations wth food to be portioned; prepare model food container; assign greeters with sign-in sheets; assign volunteers to work stations; assign kitchen personnel.

Thur. Nov. 26, 9:00 AM: (75+ volunteers) Deliver meals. Clean up kitchen; break down assembly line; clean tables and stack; take tables to Draesel Hall. Wait for return of underlivered meals.

To volunteer, please contact us at:

Please remember to sign up at with the shift you are interested in joining. Shift sign up closes early!

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