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November 23, 2023

Mel Trotter Ministries will host a free, traditional Thanksgiving Community Meal for individuals and families experiencing homelessness as well as anyone in the greater Grand Rapids community who is looking for fellowship around a Thanksgiving table.

Help us in providing this community meal to those in our community who are in need through either sponsoring or volunteering. Volunteer registration opens September 2023.

Event Details


Date & Time

November 23, 2023
Doors Open: 10:00 a.m.
Meal Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

How Would You Like to Participate?

Join us today to meet the urgent needs of the community.


Help your Grand Rapids community by volunteering.


Review the sponsorship opportunities and consider becoming a sponsor.


Attend the meal

Join us for the Thanksgiving Community Meal at DeVos Place.

*By attending one of our events, you’re granting MTM the rights to any photographs taken during the event. If you prefer not to be included in any photography or video recordings, please email Hailey Mulder

Event FAQ

What time will meal time be served?

The meal will be served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Is transportation provided?

Yes, the Grand Rapids Transportation Service will transport guest to the event. The Rapid is able to provide free transportation on the day of the event.

What time should I arrive if I am a volunteer?

Please arrive 30 mins before the time of your shift to check-in and receive instructions.

Where can I park?

Parking is available free of charge on Thanksgiving Day on the lower level at DeVos Place. The Public Parking lots across the street at the front of the building are open for a fee. If you volunteer on Wednesday, we will provide parking validation passes.

Can I bring my relative or friend who is visiting for the holiday? Can I just show up?

We wish to discourage walk-ins at the event because of limited volunteer slots.

Can I volunteer?

Coming soon. 

What is the bus route?


If you have any questions, contact us via our online form or reach out to contact:

Heather Osterink
[email protected]
(616) 588-8753

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