Public Comment

Dinner for 1,000 on Thanksgiving

By Colleen Miller
Tuesday November 20, 2007

In its normal holiday tradition, St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County has begun preparation of its annual Thanks-giving Day holiday meal. The SVdP’s Free Dining Room, located on 23rd Street in Oakland, is the oldest and only facility in Alameda County to provide hot meals to homeless and low-income adults and children seven days per week. During Thanksgiving, the SVdP of Alameda County prepares a holiday meal consisting of turkey with all the trimmings to provide a seasonal meal for those in need. Approximately 1,000 meals will be served with almost as many adults and children in attendance to partake of those meals. 

In addition, SVdP of Alameda County’s volunteers come in full-force to help with food preparation, serving and clean-up. SVdP of Alameda County logs 88,000 volunteer hours per year, and partners with many corporations to develop community relationships. 

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County offers numerous services to homeless and low-income adults such as the Women and Children’s Visitation Center, the Men’s Guidance Center, and the new Kitchen of Champions Culinary Program, a transitional employment program (KOC students will be helping to prepare and serve the meal). 

For more information, please contact Colleen Miller at 510 636-4255 or go to 


Colleen Miller is Director of Development and Communications, Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County.