Free Thanksgiving meals offered in Bristol, Falls and Bensalem

For those in need or who don’t have family members nearby to share the holiday with, there are a few places in Lower Bucks County offering Thanksgiving meals to the community.

In Bristol Borough, the Bristol Elks Lodge No. 970 is hosting a free dinner buffet from 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day.

“We usually serve around 60 people, but we have more food than that,” Elks spokeswoman Kristie Gaynor said, noting the Lodge members plan on having four roast turkeys, along with ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, rolls and dessert.

The dinner has been held each Thanksgiving for the last 20 years, and was started by lodge member Ed Heacock, who recently passed away.

“The Lodge wanted to keep it going,” Gaynor added. “It’s not just for the homeless, it’s for anybody. People who don’t have families, any person who needs a place to go,”

Volunteer work is handled by members of the Elks Lodge, though Gaynor said members of the community looking to help out would not be turned away.

The Bristol Elks Lodge No. 970 is located at 95 Wood St. in Bristol Borough.

Another free meal in Bristol Borough on Thanksgiving Day is held at Spotlight Deliverance Church, 116 Walnut St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For that meal, Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need is providing transportation through its Wheels to Meals program. The program regularly provides transportation for people to attend shared meals in the community.

On Thanksgiving, the organization is asking that those who want to attend the Spotlight Deliverance Church meal be at one of the four regular stops by 11:30 a.m.

The stops are:

  • County Way, at the second stop sign (at the intersection of Library Way) coming from New Falls Road, near Five Points in Levittown.
  • Near the 7-11 convenience store at Edgely Road and Route 13 in Levittown. Guests should wait on the Edgely Road side of the road, near the guardrail close to the canal walk path.
  • Bristol Park Shopping Plaza, behind Ollie’s on Commerce Circle, beside the guardrail street light marked green, Routes 13 and 413 in Bristol.
  • Vacant lot/Brady’s Irish Pub/David’s Furniture, Route 13. This location is approximately 1 mile south of the intersection of Routes 13 and 413 in Croydon.

In Bensalem, Fatima Catholic Outreach Center is hosting a Thanksgiving meal for “neighbors who may be alone, isolated or due to circumstances beyond their control cannot provide a meal for their family.”

That meal will be held in the old school building at 2915 Street Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The biggest meal of all may be in Falls Township, where the Bountiful Harvest Feast draws over 150 people each year for a tradition that has been alive for nearly 30 years.

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served to the community for free on Nov. 24 at 1:30 at the Masonic Lodge No. 776, 525 S. Olds Blvd.

For information on other scheduled shared meals throughout the year in Lower Bucks County, visit ahtn.org. ••

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