Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church Gives out 300 Turkeys and 500 Hot Meals at Thanksgiving Celebration

DoorDash provided $3,000 for turkey giveaway, hot meals on Chicago’s South Side

Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church hosted its annual Thanksgiving celebration, where church members and community volunteers gave out 300 frozen turkeys and served over 500 hot meals to community members. Attendees were able to pick up a frozen turkey for their own holiday celebrations, as well as enjoy a hot meal at the church. Throughout the day, church members and volunteers also delivered hot meals to those in need throughout East Garfield Park and neighboring communities, including those experiencing homelessness. DoorDash provided $3,000 for the purchase of both the frozen turkeys and the hot meals.


“We always look forward to our annual Thanksgiving celebration as a way to bring together our community for fellowship and good food, and we are grateful to DoorDash for helping to make it a reality,” said Pastor Cornelius Parks of the Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church. “Through our partnership, we were able to not only provide turkeys for our neighbors in need to enjoy during their own celebrations, but also meet them where they are with a warm meal. Everyone deserves to feel a sense of community, especially during the holiday season, and I hope we were able to accomplish that here today.”


DoorDash and the Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church have previously partnered on events to help build community, including Pastor Park’s annual Loveday celebration in February 2022, and a community Easter celebration with an Easter Egg Hunt last April.


“Pastor Parks and the Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church continue to demonstrate their commitment to building community and providing resources for vulnerable Chicagoans throughout the year,” said Alexi Madon, Government Relations Manager of DoorDash. “We’re proud to partner with them once again to bring a little joy to people this holiday season as part of our commitment to supporting the organizations making a difference in their neighborhoods.”


Through its community engagement programs, DoorDash has partnered with a wide variety of organizations in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, including United Giving Hope, CHAMPS Male Mentoring, Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, Heartland Alliance’s NEON Program, John A. Hamline Elementary School, South Side YMCA, Ravenswood Elementary, Sarah’s Circle, TCA Health and more. DoorDash has donated over $3 million in gift cards through the Community Credits program to bolster local outreach and encourage community vaccination efforts to fight COVID-19 across the country.

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