Paw Paw Community
Thanksgiving Dinner


Do I need to request a meal ahead of time?

If you will be driving up for takeout (12 - 3 PM), you don't need to let us know ahead of time - just show up! For those unable to travel, we can deliver meals in the Paw Paw and surrounding areas (Lawton, Mattawan, Gobles, and others nearby). Delivery can be requested between November 14-24 by completing the form (available beginning on Nov 14)  or calling (269) 415-0767. If you reach our voicemail, don't forget to include your name, phone number, address with zip code, and number of meals.

UPDATE: Due to limited volunteers, we will not be hosting an in-person dining option this year.  We are sorry for the change in last-minute plans!

What is the deadline to call ahead for a delivery order?

We take delivery requests beginning November 14 through Thanksgiving Day at 12 PM. You can either submit a delivery request form (click here) or call (269) 415-0767 both available November 14.  

Please note: this event is not organized by Freshwater so please do not call their office to request meals.

How much does it cost? Is it really free?

Our Community Thanksgiving Dinner is completely free. We are able to make this dinner possible with the generous support by local businesses/organizations, churches, and individuals! Donations are not expected but we will have a donation box available the day of the dinner.

Who is invited to the Thanksgiving meal?

Everyone is invited! We welcome families, couples, and individuals. Have a friend or neighbor who might need a meal? Please share this information with them!

What's included in my meal?

It will most likely include items in a typical Thanksgiving meal: turkey, potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce, bread roll, and pie. 

Where is the meal held?

This year's community dinner will be held at Freshwater Community Church located at 600 E Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079. Please note: this event is not organized by Freshwater so please do not call their office to request meals. Please call United Christian Services (269) 415-0767 or email us

Where do I go if I'm picking up my meal?

Drive-thru will begin at 12 PM. When you arrive, please follow the directional signs. We will be creating a drive thru system in the East parking lot.

I'm interested in volunteering, what roles are available?

Thank you! Please see the volunteer tab for more information.

Is there an age restrictions for volunteering?

We have volunteer slots available for families.  For Wednesday prep, we are asking for volunteers to be at least 8 years old.  Children 16 and older are welcome to sign up for their own volunteer slot. 

How many meals are served each year?

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a collaborative effort. It takes a dedicated community of churches, volunteers, and local businesses to make the event possible. Last year, over 600 free meals were served. Organizers hope that number will continue to grow.

I have another question that wasn't answered?

​Please reach out to and we will try our best to answer any questions you have!