Thanksgiving Community Meal to serve 1,000+ in GR

Who: Mel Trotter Ministries is hosting a free meal for individuals and families experiencing homelessness as well as anyone in the greater Grand Rapids community who might not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal to attend. 

What: A warm Thanksgiving meal will be shared by more than 1,000 guests – many of them who would otherwise have nowhere to go – as part of the Mel Trotter Ministries 22nd annual Thanksgiving Community Meal, sponsored by Meijer. This family-style meal will be served to guests by nearly 800 volunteers. It is a no cost event and is open to everyone. The traditional Thanksgiving meal will consist of over 1,500 lbs. of turkey, 1,260 lbs. of mashed potatoes, 50 gallons of gravy, 400 pies and many more delicious sides and desserts.

The Rapid transit line has graciously partnered with Mel Trotter to provide free bus transportation on specific routes and times. Rapid Bus Schedule Here

When: Thanksgiving day, Nov. 22, 2018
10:30 a.m. Doors open
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. meals are served

Where: DeVos Place Convention Center, Ball Room (Free parking on-site)

How you can help: All volunteer spaces are full, but meal & table sponsorships are still needed to cover the cost of the meals. Information at

Interviews:  A Mel Trotter staff member will be available before and at the event to coordinate interviews with volunteers, staff and guests. Please call ahead.

CLICK HERE for photos & video from 2017.


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