2019 Thanksgiving Day Meal Delivery
Thursday, November 28th

We need your help to deliver nearly 4,200 turkey dinners to older adults in San Francisco who are too ill, and/or who cannot afford the luxury of purchasing and preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 


1,050 pounds (104) boneless turkeys
1,050 pounds of cornbread stuffing
1,575 pounds of mixed vegetables
63 gallons of gravy
33 gallons of cranberry sauce
546 pumpkin pies



Sign up for a volunteer shift to either work onsite or deliver meals. See below for job descriptions. 

Optional, but greatly appreciated! Participate in our Gobble Giving online fundraising campaign and help us raise $20,000 to assure no senior goes hungry during the holidays.

Your visit with a homebound senior on Thanksgiving may be the only one they have that day so you will be a much-welcomed face to provide them with a bit of cheer. In addition to the dinners, we’ll be delivering hand-drawn placemats, holiday greeting cards, and a special little gift.

All jobs are full including the waitlist!



Last year we kicked off our first-ever Thanksgiving online fundraiser called Gobble Giving. Thanks to your generosity, you helped raise nearly $9,000 – enough for 1,800 meals for our senior meal recipients. Huge thanks to all the 2018 volunteers who participated and special recognition goes out these top fundraisers: Christina Murphy, Jay Elliott, Team Gucci Gang, Team Murphy, Team Abbe, Lance, Tilly, and Iggy.

This year, we’d like to go even bigger with our Gobble Giving online fundraiser and raise $20,000. When you participate either as an individual or a team between now and November 28th, you will help fund our special turkey dinner menu this year as well as additional meals year-round.

Want to do more to help food-insecure seniors after delivering a meal on Thanksgiving Day? Can't volunteer this year? No Problem -- our Gobble Giving campaign is just for you! Learn how to set up your individual or team online fundraiser in minutes.

Join Gobble Giving Fundraiser


A few things to know before volunteering:

  • On average, all volunteer jobs are designed to take three hours.
  • It's important that you arrive on time at the start of your shift.
  • All volunteers must sign the Liability Form and bring back completed and signed on Thanksgiving or email it to volunteer@mowsf.org. Please make sure to gather all names and signatures for your group. Parents/Guardians must sign for minors. The form is downloadable here.
  • We will provide a hot breakfast and brunch for all volunteers.
  • Thanksgiving day happens RAIN or SHINE! Make sure to be prepared for the weather!
  • Still have questions? Read the FAQ

Meal Delivery Route
Deliver meals to homebound seniors. Volunteers drive their own car to deliver to a route of 10 clients. You can bring your family and friends and do this together as a group but please be aware that when you sign up for a shift, your group must have the following:

  • A car with enough room to hold meals for 10 clients.
  • A driver with a valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance.
  • Driver and delivery route training will happen onsite the day of Thanksgiving as part of your shift.
  • Please plan to spend at least three hours volunteering. After completing the route, you will be required to return to our office to turn in the insulated meal bags, undelivered meals, and client route sheets.

Please note, there are two types of routes available. FAMILY FRIENDLY and STANDARD. STANDARD ROUTES can deliver to downtown areas like the Tenderloin, SoMa, Western Addition, Mission, and other neighborhoods.

Call Center
Staff the volunteer and client phone helpline. Volunteers out on delivery routes may have questions or need to report information concerning a delivery or client. In addition, clients may call having questions about their delivery or their meals. Phone and computer training is mandatory in order to do this role. You will need to attend a training session to learn how to operate the phones and enter notes into our system. Training sessions will be at our office on 11/21 or 11/26 between 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Floater Volunteer
Help fill in any volunteer gaps during Thanksgiving Day. Jobs can range from directing traffic to packing meals or making pots of coffee. Basically, you are the kind of person that can jump in wherever is needed.

Returns Station
Welcome back volunteers from their day of deliveries. Help to collect insulated meal bags, meals not delivered, and client confidential route sheets from drivers when they return. This job requires standing for several hours at a time outside.

Traffic Control and Operations (T.I.C. Turkey in Charge)
If you like telling people what to do then this is the job for you! Help manage traffic and flow of volunteers as they pick up meals for delivery. Some tasks may include: Directing traffic flow of cars in and out of the event; direct volunteers where to park or exit, direct to different areas for pickup/return of meals and gifts. This job requires standing for several hours at a time outside.

Breakfast Set Up
Set up breakfast and help with food and beverage replenishment plus monitoring the area to keep it clean. The job may require lifting up to 20 lbs as well as standing for several hours. 

Brunch Set Up & Breakdown
Set up brunch and help with food and beverage replenishment plus monitoring the area to keep it clean. The job may require lifting up to 20 lbs as well as standing for several hours. 

Gift Station
Assist with handing out holiday gifts and Thanksgiving Day placemats to volunteers as they come through to pick up meals to go out on their delivery routes. This job requires that you will be on your feet and walking for the entire volunteer shift.

Name Tag Station
Assist team leader in replenishing name tags at each table. Make sure name tag supplies are organized and all pens get capped at end of shift. This job requires standing for several hours at a time outside.

Packing Meals
Help organize and pack meals; hand out to delivery volunteers. This job requires you to be on your feet for several hours and be okay working in a fast-paced hectic area. Must be able to lift 30lbs.

Social Media and Photo Station
Assist at the photo station and keep props organized. Encourage volunteers to take photos and post on social media. Help volunteers by taking cell phone pictures. When the photo station is slow, use the provided camera to take photos of the event and volunteers at other stations. May also need to help with setup and breakdown of the photo station. This job requires standing for several hours at a time outside.

Returns Station - Meal Handling and Storage
Assist returning volunteers with collecting undelivered meals and the insulated bags that keep the meals "food safe". The meals are sorted and placed back in refrigeration and the bags are returned to the kitchen and stacked. The bags can be heavy (30lbs) and you will be on your feet and walking during this shift. Strong communication skills are needed to ensure kitchen staff is aware of meal returns and bag storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I need to go on Thanksgiving Day?
We are located at 1375 Fairfax Ave in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. Enter on Fairfax at Mendell St. and you will be directed on where you can park.

How do I get to MOWSF via public transportation?
Muni lines 19, 44, 54, 91 and the T-Third Street all stop nearby. Make sure you check the schedule for any limited holiday hours. 

What time do I need to arrive for my volunteer shift?
Arrive at your assigned shift time and not before. Check the confirmation email that you received after signing up. It will tell you what job you signed up for and what time your shift is. 

Do I need a car to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day?
If you want to deliver meals, we do require you or your group have your own vehicle. Onsite volunteer jobs do not require a vehicle.

Do I need to have car insurance to do meal deliveries?
Yes, you or the vehicle driver will need to share with us a valid car insurance policy number and driver's license.

How many people can go on a delivery route?
We define a delivery route as equal to 1 vehicle. Therefore, you can have as many people you like in your own car, but you need to be able to fit 10 meals with gifts in the car with the passengers. Only 1 individual needs to sign up per route; everyone else in your car does not need to sign up.

Do I need to come to pre-Thanksgiving training?
Only the Call Center job requires attending a training session pre-Thanksgiving at our office. We offer two dates for Call Center training:
11/21 or 11/26 between 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Do I need to attend the training on-site Thanksgiving Day if I am delivering meals?
Whether this is your 1st or 20th year, we need you to attend the meal delivery on-site Thanksgiving Day. The training changes slightly each year and it is meant to inform you about delivering to a senior, what to do in case no one answers the door, or if you have questions while on the route and what to do at the end for your delivery.

Can I bring my children with me? Is there an age requirement and will it be safe?
Yes, you can bring your children with you. No, there is no age requirement but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Groups with children will be given family-friendly routes.

How much time should I expect to be volunteering from the time I arrive at MOWSF until I finish all the meal deliveries?
Typically, it takes an average of three hours to come to our office, check-in, have breakfast, attend a training, grab your route sheet, meals, gifts and deliver the meals to the clients and come back to our office to return the items.

How many seniors should I expect to meet on a delivery route?
On average, there are 10 clients per route. 

I signed up to volunteer for Thanksgiving but have not received a confirmation?
Check your email Junk or Spam folder. The email will come from volunteer@mowsf.org so make sure to whitelist it.

What is the Thanksgiving meal for 2019?
Roast Turkey with Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing, Peas/Pearl Onions, Carrots, Sliced Ham, Dinner Roll, Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Juice, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, and Milk.