Spring and Klein groups offer meals for the needy this Thanksgiving

Volunteers at Northwest Assistance Ministries prepare canned and boxed food items in the food pantry.

Volunteers at Northwest Assistance Ministries prepare canned and boxed food items in the food pantry.

Several area nonprofit organizations are offering free Thanksgiving meals to families in need next week.

Northwest Assistance Ministries, 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, is continuing its 16-year tradition of providing area families with food for the holidays. About 800 families will receive turkey and trimmings valued at $50 on Nov. 19 and Nov. 21, which will feed a family of four for three to five days.

Families must qualify based on income and live within NAM’s 17 ZIP code service area. Reservations for the Thanksgiving event are full, but "if available" vouchers for meals may be available for the group's December event, which provides food for families during the holiday season.

Clients with the correct documentation can register for December meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m., said NAM Media Specialist Tatiana Shams.

In previous years, NAM has been able to fulfill "if available" vouchers, Shams said.

NAM welcomes donations of food, money and fresh produce for the Thanksgiving giveaway. Frozen turkey or ham, canned fruit, stuffing, mashed potato mixes, cranberry sauce and other holiday meal items are needed.

Food pantry donations can also be made to NAM's Joanne Watford Nutrition Center throughout the year. The pantry provided groceries to 18,765 people last year and supplies 125 low-income seniors with supplemental groceries on a monthly basis.

For more more information on assistance programs call 281-583-4597.

Kinsmen Lutheran Church will hold its seventh annual Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 24 at 12100 Champion Forest Drive, Houston. The event features a turkey dinner with side dishes including mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and dessert from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event is free. For more information contact 281-444-3126 or visit www.kindsmenlutheran.org.

Klein United Methodist Church holds its fifth annual Thanksgiving event with turkey, ham and side dishes on Nov. 24 at 5920 FM 2920, Spring. Flu shot vouchers will be available at the event and eye health screenings are available at no charge. For more information, contact 281-353-8202 or visit www.kleinumc.org.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.