Holiday Meals

A volunteer holds a tray loaded with desserts, with tables full of people enjoying Holiday Meals in the background
A man carrying a tray holding a meal at our Holiday Meals gathering.
A man serving meals at Goddard's Holiday Meals event. Meals line the counter.
A woman standing by a table wearing a christmas hat.
Christmas 2019

Holiday Meals at Goddard Riverside brings the community together on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day to serve a festive holiday dinner to our neighbors, including those who have homes and those who live without shelter.

Every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, volunteers gather at 593 Columbus Avenue to cook and serve more than a thousand holiday meals. Like last year, we will be serving to-go meals in 2021Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day; meals are served from noon until 3.

A neighborhood tradition for more than 40 years, Holiday Meals are made possible by donations from businesses, contributions from corporate partners, and hundreds of volunteers. It is an incredible community effort!

Volunteers are key to the success of our holiday meals. Feeding more than 1,000 men, women and children take the support of many people willing to volunteer for a morning or afternoon on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Sign Up

Last year with the help of our dedicated volunteers we were able to distribute over 1,500 take-out meals on both Thanksgiving and Christmas!  All volunteers must show proof of Covid vaccination upon entering.  Click here for in-person volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer from Home

Our Volunteer from Home options was a huge success last year. Click here to see how you can support Goddard Riverside’s Holiday Meals by volunteering from home.

Donate

Please consider donating to support Holiday Meals.

2020 Thanksgiving Sponsors

Brown Brothers Group LLC 

By The Way Bakery 

Dr. David Chalfin and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Taylor Wohl 

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School 

Mr. John Del Vecchio 

Ms. Ashley Gundersen 

Mt. Sinai Urgent Care 

Orwasher’s Bakery 

P.J. Clarke’s 

Reed Smith LLP 

St. Paul and St. Andrew Methodist Church  

Table Talk Pies 

Trader Joe’s 

Yonder Farms Fruit Distributors 

Jerome and Dolores Zuckerman Gewirtz Charitable Trust