DeKalb offering free turkeys, other staple Thanksgiving foods to those in need

Officials in DeKalb are making sure families can celebrate Thanksgiving this year, with a special edition of the county’s monthly food distribution event.

According to a recent press release, DeKalb County has “provided fruit, vegetables, and protein to over 20,000 families” since this past May.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the county will host three drive-through food distribution events during which 2,500 DeKalb residents will receive one 20-pound box of fruit and vegetables and a ham or turkey.

Beginning at 10 a.m., COVID-19 Care Baskets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, at three locations:

  • Buck Godfrey Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur, GA 30034
  • James R. Hallford Stadium, 3789 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston, GA 30021
  • New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Rd., Stonecrest, GA 30038

In addition to the news about DeKalb’s holiday food event, 95.5 WSB reported on Tuesday that Walmart is also offering free Thanksgiving meals.

Walmart and the rewards app Ibotta have teamed up with Campbell’s, Butterball and Coca-Cola to offer a free Thanksgiving dinner promotion for 2020.

Ibotta found that more than a third of those polled will scale back on the festivities because of slimmed-down budgets, so the companies are offering a free dinner that consists of:

  • 1 can of Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup (10.5-ounce can)
  • 1 2-liter bottle of Coke
  • Butterball 3-pound turkey roast or $9.98 cash back on a whole Butterball turkey
  • 1 McCormick turkey gravy seasoning packet (.87-ounce package)
  • 1 package of French’s crispy onions (2.8-ounce package)
  • 1 package of Idahoan instant mashed potatoes (8-ounce package)
  • 1 Great Value package of stuffing (6-ounce package)
  • 1 Great Value can of cranberry sauce (14-ounce can)
  • 1 Great Value bag of frozen green beans (12-ounce bag)

The food was selected to feed a family of five, Ibotta said. You earn cash back for only the items you buy.

To earn the free dinner you must download the Ibotta app or use its web browser extension, and click on the free Thanksgiving dinner offer. Then you must shop at either a brick-and-mortar Walmart or, and scan your receipt or link your Walmart Grocery account to verify that the purchases were made. Once that’s done, you’ll get cash back in the Ibotta account for the entire purchase. The value is about $20.27, KTHV reported.

Ibotta will also be giving back to the communities. The company will be donating to Feeding America, a charity that provides food to those who need it through 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries across the country. To find out how you can help Feeding America, click here.

For more information, click here.

>>Read more about other companies making sure a turkey can be on the table this year.

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