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The Capital Region’s largest and longest-running holiday tradition
Nearly 50 years ago, a small group of community and religious
leaders, students, and social workers held a Thanksgiving dinner for 200
college students who were not going home for the holiday and would have
been alone. This marked the beginning of the Capital District's largest
and longest-running holiday tradition. Today, the Annual Equinox
Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner serves 10,000 of our lonely,
home-bound, or homeless neighbors.
The Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner would not be possible
without the help of more than 3,600 volunteers who take roles in
leadership, coordination, cooking, serving, delivering meals, and
clean-up. Each year, approximately 500 meals are served at a lovely sit
down dinner at the First Presbyterian Church in Albany. Candles,
flowers, table linens, and hand-made centerpieces from local school
children adorn the dining room tables. The remaining meals – more than
9,500, and growing every year -- are prepared at the Empire State Plaza
and delivered by volunteers to individuals who live within 40 miles of
The Equinox Thanksgiving Community Dinner is funded entirely by
generous donations from local businesses, civic groups, and private
citizens. Cash, food, trucks, tables and chairs, cell phones, serving
dishes, linens, aprons, soap, towels, and advertising are matched by the
valuable help of our volunteers. All surplus donations are used to
assist needy families throughout the year.
Please Join Us! And make this extraordinary community event part of your holiday tradition!
The Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner Hotline (518.434.0131)
is open from mid-October through Thanksgiving. Please call us during
that time if you would like to volunteer; make a monetary, food, or
in-kind donation; or request a dinner delivery to your home. You can
also communicate with us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All monetary, food, and in-kind donations are tax-deductible.