Thanksgiving-for-All Was Truly-for-All

by | Dec 4, 2023 | Food Pantry, Homelessness

[New Haven, CT; December 4, 2023] – For over 30 years Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK), Yale Hospitality, and Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers (IVCG), have partnered to prepare and deliver meals to people in need on Thanksgiving morning. This year’s Thanksgiving For All event was a great success: Over 1,260 cooked meals with all the sides delivered— a 20% increase from last year.

Preparation for this event began on November 12th, during DESK’s annual Turkey Drop where over 250 frozen turkeys were donated. The turkeys were then delivered to Yale Hospitality where their culinary experts coordinated meal preparation and storage. All meals were delivered to DESK the day before Thanksgiving where DESK staff along with a team of dedicated volunteers began packing and boxing meals.

Hundreds of calls were made to potential recipients by IVCG friends and volunteers. Schedules were drawn up by IVCG during November to ensure timely, efficient meal deliveries by its volunteers on Thanksgiving Day.

We give thanks to the hundreds of extraordinary volunteers, many of whom worked long hours in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to ensure this community effort was a success. The day was marked by the community coming together to serve those most in need.

We would also like to give a special thanks to First Congregational Church of West Haven, Knights of St. Patrick, The New Haven Chapter of the Links Incorporated, Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, Hopkins School, Chabaso Bakery,  Christopher Martins, and all event day sponsors who all played a major role in ensuring the success of Thanksgiving-for-All.


DESK is a New Haven-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves people experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity. Each year, DESK serves more than 4,000 people through an evening meals program, a weekly food pantry, the Downtown Drop-in & Resource Center for people experiencing homelessness, and an overnight warming center.

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IVCG is a 501(c)(3) social benefit volunteer-based organization that shares experiences, rides, food, and other services – primarily with seniors – that cultivate connection, support wellness, and relieve loneliness and isolation. Interfaith Volunteers are neighbors who help neighbors live lives of connection and care, with seniors at the heart.

More information can be found at


Was Truly-for-All

Luis Olmo-Rivera, Development Director
Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen – (475) 227-3184

Richard Davies, Vice Chairperson
Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers – (914) 391-0480


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