Volunteers - Drivers

Instructions for Equinox
Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers

(Empire State Plaza)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not feeling well, please do not volunteer!!

General Information:

  • Driving involves a long wait in line on the Concourse, likely 3 hours or more.
  • Free parking is available in “V” Visitor Parking Lot or P-2 if the V lot fills.
  • It is possible that all individuals in the vehicle will need to show identification to State Police.
  • Expect there may be a line of vehicles waiting to get into the parking lot.
  • Go to Concourse level and get into the line for Drivers.
  • Please bring containers such as plastic laundry baskets to transport meals.  Carts with wheels are also helpful.
  • Some drivers arrive as early as 5:30am.  We recommend between 6:30am and 7:00am.
  • You should definitely be in line between 8:00am and 9:00am.  Those that arrive later will likely deliver to a household with an Albany city zip code.
  • Meals will begin to move out at 9:00am.
  • Packs of meal delivery cards with names & addresses of recipients are arranged by zip code.
  • A GPS is recommended or access to Google Maps.  Some directions are provided.
  • Expect to deliver to 2-4 locations; each driver will deliver up to a total of 10 dinners.
  • All meals should be delivered within 2 hours of departure from Empire State Plaza.
  • If you deliver to an apartment building please be sure to give meals directly to tenants NOT to people waiting in the lobby offering to help out.
  • Do not leave meals unattended.  Recipients have been told they must be home starting at 9:00 am and lasting until their meal is delivered.
  • If recipient is not home, please find another person in need of the meal.  Do not return the meal to the Plaza.


  • Food is packed cold and to keep the food at a safe temperature we do not start the assembly line for packing until about 7:30
  • The food must remain cold until just before we are ready to hand off to the drivers.
  • We do not have the ability and the space to pack in advance and store the food in the takeout containers


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