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Thanksgiving Community Meal

Please join us for the 21st annual Thanksgiving Community Meal on November 23, 2017


Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and doors will close at 1:30 p.m.

Who is invited

 Anyone who might not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal is welcome to attend this community meal. No RSVP is necessary for attendees.


DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Transportation & Parking

The Rapid will be providing free transporation again this year.

Download The Rapid Bus Schedule

Complimentary parking is available at the DeVos Place Ramp (entrance on Michigan Ave) and the Government Center Ramp off of Monroe across from the DeVos Place.

Grand Rapids Parking Map


The meal is family style and will include appetizers, salad, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and various pies

Questions about the Thanksgiving Meal? Contact Evie Campbell at 616-588-8753 or

There are some new improvements to the Mel Trotter Ministries Annual Thanksgiving Banquet this year:

  • We have updated the name to better reflect the purpose of this meal…it will now be the Mel Trotter Ministries Annual Thanksgiving Community Meal
  • We have revised some of the volunteer opportunities to make the overall experience at the event more meaningful for volunteers and guests participating in this community Thanksgiving meal.


Volunteer sign up process is 3 simple steps

1. Create an account

2. Get approved (1-2 days)

3. Register for a Thanksgiving volunteer opportunity

Questions about volunteering? Contact Paula Seales at 616-588-8723 or email

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Meijer, Inc.


Gratitude Sponsors

Ada Bible Church

Burgess Concrete Construction


Harvest Sponsors

Belden Brick & Supply Company

Team Financial Group


First United Credit Union

Pioneer Construction

Site Work Solutions

Keith & Donijo DeJonge


Sponsorship Opportunities available starting at $250 per table!

Let's host the Thanksgiving Community Meal together!

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Thanksgiving Community Meal