Thanksgiving Community Dinner

It is with a heavy heart that Equinox shares the loss of a dear family member: Norman Shapiro.  Norman was a beloved gentleman and volunteer chef for decades for our Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner—at both the First Presbyterian Church and the Empire State Plaza.  He was a passionate chef with deep compassion--a heart overflowing with love and the desire to serve others! This loss will be felt deeply by Equinox and the “T-Day” family of volunteers and meal recipients.  Norman, you will be missed.  Our love, thoughts and prayers are with the Shapiro family.

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The Capital Region’s largest and longest-running holiday tradition

Over 50 years ago, a small group of community and religious leaders, students, and social workers held a Thanksgiving dinner for 200 college students who were not going home for the holiday and would have been alone. This marked the beginning of the Capital District's largest and longest-running holiday tradition. Today, the Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner serves 10,000 of our lonely, homebound, or homeless neighbors.

And, with an ambitious redesign of our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, we are proud to safely provide a holiday meal to thousands of neighbors in need. The Capital Region’s largest and longest running holiday tradition remains possible with the tremendous help of local restaurateurs and caterers, volunteer drivers (providing contact-free delivery), our T-Day Hotline and other key volunteers, individual donors, and lead corporate partners: Price Chopper/Market 32, Hannaford Supermarkets, CDPHP, SEFCU, St. Peter’s Health Partners, NY State of Health, KeyBank, RBC Wealth Management, and Tri City Rentals.

With much gratitude to our caring community.

Thanksgiving Dinner Hotline: 518.434.0131
Or email:


Volunteers, are needed more than ever!

There are two ways you can help:
1. Make a donation–We really need your help! As you probably know, we normally rely on generously donated food items (from grocery stores, farms, schools and civic groups etc.) as well as financial donations to amass all the ingredients to produce 11,000 meals.
But because of the pandemic, we are trying to raise $100,000 to purchase 10,000 meals. We are very grateful to St. Peters Health Partners for donating 1,000 meals. The more we raise, the more meals we can provide –help us make sure that no one is left out on Thanksgiving (and support local restaurants).
P.S. If you would like to take a more hands-on approach with T-Day fundraising, our Donation page offers a Peer-to-Peer campaign option. Click the donation link above for more information.
2. Deliver Meals–To sign up to drive, or for more information, please email the TDay hotline with your contact information. (There will be protocols for contactless pick up and drop off.)

Learn More About the Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner Redesign by Clicking Here!


2019 Marked 50 years of Equinox's Thanksgiving Community Dinner


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