The holidays are upon us again, time to gratefully gather with family and friends. We count our blessings and try to slow down a bit to enjoy the season. But as we give thanks for all that we have this Thanksgiving Day, we must also remember those in Whatcom County who too often go without. It’s time to pitch in, help out and offer Thanksgiving meals for those in Whatcom County in need.

Turkey, potatoes and all the fixings will be on the Thanksgiving table at Five Columns Restaurant again this year. Photo Courtesy: Five Columns Restaurant.

The following organizations generously provide meals to everyone around Thanksgiving. Please support them, if you’re able, by volunteering or through donations as they support so many who need their help.

United Church of Ferndale

Saturday, November 19
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2034 Washington Street in Ferndale
360-714-9029

Ferndale Food Bank

An addition to regular distribution of turkey and a bag of holiday fixings prior to Thanksgiving on November 16, 19, 21, and 23.

1671 Main Street in Ferndale
360-384-1506

Five Columns Restaurant

Thanksgiving dinner for seniors (age 65 and older). Reservations are recommended a week ahead of time.

Thursday, November 24
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1301 East Maple Street in Bellingham
360-676-9900

Five Columns Restaurant serves Thanksgiving dinner for seniors every year — complete with pumpkin pie. Photo courtesy: Five Columns Restaurant.

Lighthouse Mission

A traditional day-after-Thanksgiving meal.

Friday, November 25
Assumption Church Gym at 2116 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
360-733-5120

Lynden Project Hope Food Bank

Thanksgiving gift baskets provided for regular Project Hope clients.

Monday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 23
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
205 South B.C. Avenue #105 in Lynden
360-354-HOPE (4673)

Maple Alley Inn

Serving a Thanksgiving meal the week before the holiday (will be closed on Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday, November 24).

Thursday, November 17
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church at 2750 McLeod Road in Bellingham
360-739-7335

Old Town Café

Old Town Café serves up its 44th annual free Thanksgiving dinner.

Thursday, November 24
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1316 West Holly Street in Bellingham
360-671-4431

This marks the 44th year that Old Town Cafe will serve a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who comes to their eatery. Photo courtesy: Old Town Cafe.

Salvation Army

Free Thanksgiving meal – all are welcome.

Wednesday, November 23
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2912 Northwest Avenue in Bellingham
360-733-1410

Samish Coalition

Thanksgiving meal.

Thursday, November 24
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fountain Community Church at 2100 Broadway Street in Bellingham
360-734-9003
Additionally, community members in need can sign up for Salvation Army holiday food baskets and gifts, which include food, a coat, socks and two gifts for kids. Apply from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with proof of income, ID for all in household, and proof of address. (Social Security card/citizenship is not required.)

Folks can also apply to be paired with a holiday gifts sponsor family during these same hours.

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