5 places with free meals this holiday season + how to volunteer

FXT37806 5 places with free meals this holiday season + how to volunteer
You can help those in need this Christmas season. (Jimmie Hale Mission)

Garland, Christmas presents and cookies may be filling your head, but there are more ways to spread the holiday cheer. Whether you want to serve and deliver meals or donate items, here’s how you can give back to the Birmingham community.

1. Christmas Blessings

Christmas in Birmingham
This nonprofit is extending a helping hand to our neighbors this Christmas season. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Little Hands Serving Hearts, a nonprofit helping the younger generation grow and thrive, is giving a big blessing to Birmingham families this season. On Saturday, December 17, they’ll be handing out Christmas dinner groceries to 100 families and you can, too.

2. Magic City Harvest

Magic City Harvest
This nonprofit is making a big difference to end hunger in our city. (Magic City Harvest / Facebook)

By acquiring extra food from schools, wholesale food companies, grocery stores, caterers and restaurants, Magic City Harvest works hard to end hunger in our community. This nonprofit donates the food to its community partners throughout Birmingham. If you work in the food industry and have leftovers, let this nonprofit know! You can also donate food drive items to help keep their shelves stocked.

3. Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels van
The Meals on Wheels van loaded up with food for delivery. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

If you have a license, this opportunity may just be for you. Meals on Wheels is all about delivering meals to homebound seniors and disabled persons in Jefferson County. This is a place to volunteer this holiday season.

Don’t have the time to drive around town or don’t have a license? You can also help stock their food pantry with items like oatmeal, canned soup and vegetables, peanut butter and crackers.

4. The Community Kitchens

United Way Community Kitchens 5 places with free meals this holiday season + how to volunteer
The Community Kitchens serve delicious meals during the holiday season. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

The Community Kitchens is more than a kitchen. This nonprofit is helping stop hunger in our community by serving 65,000 each year. You can find or help serve a delicious, home-cooked meal this Christmas at Grace Episcopal Church—all are welcome to join and spread the cheer.

5. The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham

Salvation Army feeding people
The Salvation Army is helping feed our community. (Salvation Army Greater Birmingham)

For those in need, the Salvation Army of Birmingham is extending a helping hand. The organization serves meals daily to the Bham community. If you’re looking to help, the Salvation Army always needs extra help to keep their food pantry shelves full.

Do you know of another place serving free meals this Christmas? Tag us @BhamNow on social media to let us know!

Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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