Give Thanks, Give Back

There’s a spirit of gratefulness this time of year, and many people are looking for ways to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s time, food, or a money donation, you can give a Thanksgiving meal to those in need through one of these organizations.

Written by Karlee Renkoski

Nov 2016

Give thanks, give back.

Victory Mission 

1715 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield

What to Donate: Money, food items, time

The Details: Victory Mission’s Thanksgiving dinner is one of the largest meals they provide each year for people in poverty. Get involved by donating money or serving food. The organization also gives away food baskets and appreciates nonperishable, traditional Thanksgiving food items.

For More Info: Call 417-831-6387 or visit 


Ozarks Food Harvest 

2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave., Springfield

What to Donate: Time, food items

The Details: Participate or watch the Ozarks Food Harvest’s annual Turkey Trot, and while you’re there, give items to the food drive. Last year the drive received a record 7,805 pounds of food for underprivileged in the area. 

For More Info: Call 417-865-3411 or visit


The Kitchen 

1630 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield

What to Donate: Money

The Details: Families can receive ingredients to make a warm Thanksgiving meal through your cash donations to The Kitchen, which go toward foods like turkey, ham and canned vegetables. Families, veterans and youth individuals are thankful for a meal and those who provided it. 

For More Info: Call 417-837-1500 or visit



615 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield

What to Donate: Money, time

The Details: Every year Crosslines asks for donations during Thanksgiving that go toward food baskets for the food-insecure. You can also volunteer to hand out the baskets, which include traditional meal items such as precooked ham, canned veggies, bread, Jell-O mix and more.

For More Info: Call 417-865-5810 or visit


Salvation Army 

1707 W. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield

What to Donate: Money, food 

The Details: The Salvation Army is hosting a Thanksgiving lunch as part of the Frontline Feeding Program. The lunch feeds those without homes and other families in need at Harbor House. Get involved by contributing food and monetary donations or by working as a server. 

For More Info: Call 417-862-5509 or visit