The Thanksgiving Dinners Program is coordinated by the Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center on behalf of Durham County Department of Social Services. The Thanksgiving Dinners Program is designed to serve Durham County residents who are unable to provide for themselves and their families during this holiday.
Last Year, with your support, more than 1,700 children and adults
were served by this program.
Families are referred by a DSS social worker in order to participate in the program. Community residents, groups, and businesses are matched with families in need to provide them with a cooked or an uncooked meal.
Sponsor A Family In Need!
Sponsorship begin in October and run through November. Sponsors may call the Thanksgiving
Dinners phone line to adopt a family 919-998-8595 or
There are two sponsorship options:
1) Provide a Meal
2) Make a financial donation
Please complete your registration form by November 18th.
Provide-a-Meal Sponsor Requirements:
A typical uncooked meal donation includes:
- (At a minimum) 1 meat option, 2 vegetable options, 1 starch option plus bread, 1 dessert, and beverage…(i.e. a turkey, or poultry item, a couple of vegetables, potatoes, bread, dessert, and a gallon of tea, 2-Liter soda, etc.)
- Other ideas include: stuffing, rice, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, etc.
Sponsors are responsible for delivering the meals they purchase directly to the family or families they have agreed to sponsor. Sponsors are not permitted to deliver meals to families on Thanksgiving Day.
Sponsors are not permitted to prepare meals themselves for liability reasons. Cooked meals must come from one of the following locations:
- Grocery Store
- Accredited Kitchen (i.e: church, school, etc.)
If you are not interested in sponsoring a family but desire to help, you may send a financial donation of any amount to:
Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Program, Thanksgiving Dinners Program
P.O. Box 3374, Durham, NC 27702
Please make all checks payable to the The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center. In the memo line, please write: Thanksgiving Dinners Program (by November 18th).
Or click our donation button below to make a secure, online donation:
Thank you our volunteer slots are filled.
Thank you to this year's major sponsors:
Many companies will match donations made by their employees. Please save your receipts when you purchase gifts for these families and submit copies to us so we can verify your donation for your company's match.
This applies for shopping/sponsorship and
direct financial donations.
Some businesses will also match volunteer time with a financial donation to the charity which means the time you spend shopping and delivering your gifts could be used to provide additional support. Please include the name of your employer for follow-up.