Nonprofit organizations feeding Phoenix homeless on Thanksgiving

Posted at 2:45 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 10:44:15-05

The Salvation Army is making sure that no one is without a hot meal this Thanksgiving.

From 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, the Salvation Army staff will be serving up traditional Turkey Day meals alongside Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

They're expecting to feed 1,500 people this year at the Phoenix Convention Center, located near Third and Monroe streets. 

Additionally, volunteers will be delivering 2,200 Thanksgiving meal packages across the Valley.

However, the United Food bank in Mesa is still accepting donations until 8 p.m. Wednesday night — turkeys are still desperately needed.

President Ginny Hildebrand said the need for doesn't doesn't end on Thanksgiving.

"Hunger is pervasive in Arizona every day. We try to make hay while the sun shines," Hildebrand said.

The agency serves 200 food pantries in five counties. 

Hildebrand said they're still getting calls for help from pantries that had run out of food.

"One of our agencies in Apache Junction called us this morning saying we've run out of food," Hildebrand said.

The United Food Bank was able to quickly get an emergency supply to replenish them.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will also be serving up warm meals for families in need at locations in Mesa, El Mirage and Phoenix.