Thanksgiving Community Dinner

Due to COVID-19:

We have come up with a socially distanced plan to carry on our cherished tradition, and make sure we can still safely deliver delicious Thanksgiving meals to thousands of our neighbors in need. While we continue to provide for our community, Equinox would also like to give back to our local restaurants and businesses that have supported our dinner over the years by purchasing T-Day meals from them—this would replace our in-person preparations. Although our “redesigned dinner” changes our need for meal prep volunteers, we still need your valuable help more than ever to make this year’s dinner a reality.

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.

Donate to T-Day

Thanksgiving Dinner Hotline: 518.434.0131
Or email: thotline@equinoxinc.org

 

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).
If you are able, please make a donation here!

If you prefer, you can also mail donations to Equinox at: 
102 Hackett Blvd. Albany, NY 12209
 
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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