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
    • All drivers should have identification readily available for 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.
    • 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 8:30am.
    • Meal packets are arranged by zip code.
    • Assistance with directions and printing of maps will be available.
    • 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 between 9:00am and 1:00pm.
    • If recipient is not home, please find another person in need of the meal.  Do not return the meal to the Plaza.


    • To keep meals safe 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


Instructions for Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers - Menu