By Maureen Post Special to Published Nov 20, 2008 at 2:58 PM

If you’re truly looking for a way to get into the giving spirit this year, spend your Thanksgiving helping others. With meal programs throughout the city serving dinner to needy residents nearly 365 days a year, there are plenty of opportunities for you to share your kindness and ability.

Contact one of the programs below and spend your turkey day serving up meat and potatoes to families in need of a little holiday help.

Are there any I missed? Feel free to add other volunteer opportunities using the Talkback feature.

Rescue Mission Meal Program
830 N. 19th St., (414) 344-2211

The Gathering Meal Program

St. James Episcopal Church
833 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Christian Faith Fellowship Church East
724 S. Layton Blvd.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Outreach Center
3421 W. Lisbon Ave.

Milwaukee’s Volunteer Website

St. Ben’s Meal Program
924 W. State St., (414) 271-0135
Meal served Sunday- Friday at 5:15 p.m. Volunteers should arrive 30-45 minutes before.

St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program
931 W. Madison Ave., Sunday–Monday, dinner served from 5:15-6:30 p.m.
2628 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Monday- Friday, dinner served from 5:15-6:30 p.m.


Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.