Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

It’s that time of year—we’re working on plans for our big Thanksgiving and Christmas outreaches! Like past years, we plan to deliver thousands of meals around the Des Moines area to individuals and families in need. We’ll definitely need the help of volunteers. Due to COVID-19, we will be taking health/safety precautions including masks, social distancing and temperature checks. 

Online registration for Thanksgiving volunteering will open on Monday, October 5.

Thanksgiving Volunteer Needs

Our Thanksgiving volunteer needs include:

  • Wednesday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Food Donation Day: On the day before Thanksgiving, we will receive thousands of food donations from community members! Unlike past years, due to the pandemic, this will be a drive-through event. The time commitment is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Onsite Volunteers: Help us assemble around 3,000 meals to be delivered into the community! Onsite volunteers must be 13 or older. The time commitment is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Driver Teams: This is a great opportunity for families with younger children! Help deliver meals around Des Moines. We will provide addresses several days in advance so you can use your phone/GPS to map a route. The time commitment is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving Food Donation Day

It takes a LOT of food to serve and deliver 3,000+ meals on Thanksgiving . . . and again on Christmas! You can help us out by donating food on Wednesday, November 25—the day before Thanksgiving.

Due to COVID-19, our Thanksgiving Food Donation Day will be a drive-through event this year. We invite you to stop by our Bethel Mission facility (1310 6th Avenue in Des Moines) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, for a contactless drop-off.

Needed food donations include:

  • Ready-to-serve dinner rolls
  • Cookies (pack two per baggie)
  • Ground beef, pork loin, bacon, ham
  • Milk, cheese, eggs, butter
  • #10 cans of green beans or mixed veggies
  • Condiments and salad dressing

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