Operation Turkey to provide thousands in need with Thanksgiving meals

Lizzy and Brandon Simon are running the North Austin location. (Courtesy Lizzy Simon)
Lizzy and Brandon Simon are running the North Austin location. (Courtesy Lizzy Simon)

Lizzy and Brandon Simon are running the North Austin location. (Courtesy Lizzy Simon)

Operation Turkey, a nonprofit that provides holiday meals to those in need, has a goal of serving 13,000 people across the Austin area this year, said Lizzy Simon, the location leader of the Cedar Park division.

“We just love that we can help people. We love that we can serve right here in our community. It is immediate help we can give,” she said.

She and her husband, Brandon Simon, are organizing the North Austin location, which will be at Spinners, 14106 N. I-35, Ste. A, Austin. They have been volunteering with the organization for five years.

Their goal is to serve 2,500 meals to those in need. About 800 individuals have already requested meals, Lizzy Simon said. The rest will be distributed to individuals, such as those facing homelessness. The rest of the meals will be distributed through the main Austin location at Rodeo Austin, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin.

Meals will be assembled at the two locations, and volunteers will deliver them to individuals who have already requested them, people they know are in need of assistance and those experiencing homelessness.



Lizzy Simon said she is excited to be able to hand out individual meals, prepackaged in clamshell containers, again. Last year they had to offer prepackage goods due to the pandemic.

She added that the pandemic has been hard for a lot of individuals, and she is seeing more families in need of food than in past years.

Anyone interested in helping can register to volunteer online. Simon said they are always able to use more volunteers.

Anyone who is in need of a meal can reach out to [email protected].

All donations go toward providing meals.

Turkey Tailgate




  • There will be 600 turkeys smoked for the meals.

  • Nov. 24 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • Rodeo Austin, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin

  • Donations will be accepted. Volunteers are needed. Volunteers can chose to volunteer for an hour or more at the time.



Operation Turkey North Austin




  • Nov. 25 from 8 a.m.-noon

  • Spinners, 14106 N. I-35, Ste. A, Austin

  • Volunteers can register online.

  • Individuals can also donate.





Operation Turkey Austin




  • Nov. 25 from 8 a.m.-noon

  • Rodeo Austin, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin

  • Volunteers can register online.

  • Individuals can also donate.



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