Union Station’s Thanksgiving Dinner for Homeless Residents Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Union Station will continue to feed those in need this Thanksgiving. | Photo courtesy of Union Station Homeless Services

Union Station Homeless Services offer three dates to volunteer

To mark the 50th anniversary of Dinner in the Park, a beloved holiday tradition, and adhere to COVID-19 safety standards, Union Station Homeless Services has created multiple ways to give thanks while giving back this Thanksgiving season. Volunteer registration opened Wednesday at to help on either Nov. 11, 25 and 26.

Every year volunteer opportunities fill up within the first 24 hours. Volunteers are encouraged to log on early to secure a spot. The online individual or group application are available at for the three opportunities.

Nov. 18 – the week before Thanksgiving 

For clients with access to a kitchen and the desire to cook their own Thanksgiving meals, up meal supply boxes, filled with all the ingredients you will need. This will be a no-contact pick-up at the Adult Center. Service time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 25 – the day before Thanksgiving

For clients who want to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal but don’t have access to a kitchen or don’t wish to cook, portioned and prepared Thanksgiving dinners will be handed out at the Adult Center. Service time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day

Union Station Homeless Services will be serving private, festive sit-down dinners for residents at the Adult Center, Family Center, and Centennial Place. These events are not open to the public. Limited volunteer roles are available. Service time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

While this year might bring unique methods of celebrating Thanksgiving, there still is one distinct purpose: to feed those in need with a full holiday meal. Volunteer to make all three of these days impactful for those in need this holiday season. Those with questions should email

October 29, 2020

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