Indoor Dining Returns as Goddard Riverside Celebrates Community-Wide Thanksgiving 

EVENT: Free Thanksgiving Meal for the Community
DATE: Thursday, November 23, 2023
TIME: Volunteers onsite 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM; Meals served noon – 3 PM
LOCATION: Goddard Riverside, 593 Columbus Ave. (at 88th St.), Manhattan
CONTACT: Trish Anderton, Senior Director of PR, | 929-249-1449

Cameras welcome; interviews with staff, volunteers and guests available

After three years of to-go meals, Goddard Riverside is throwing open the doors of its headquarters and welcoming guests back for an in-person Thanksgiving.

Volunteers will begin arriving at Goddard Riverside early on Thanksgiving Day to help prepare a hot meal of turkey, stuffing, vegetables, cider/juice and dessert for more than 1,000 people. Hundreds of meals will be served in our dining room while hundreds more are delivered to surrounding homes for those whose mobility issues prevent them from joining us. In all, we anticipate using:

120 turkeys
38 gallons of cranberry sauce
44 gallons of cider
50 pounds of onions
580 pounds sweet potatoes
765 cups of corn
1,100 cups of stuffing

Full plates will be brought to the table for our Thanksgiving guests while holiday music adds to the festive atmosphere.

The Thanksgiving Meal and next month’s Christmas meal have been a tradition for over 30 years. These volunteer-driven events are strongly supported by donations from the community and are free and open to all.