Easter is a time for celebrating with family and friends, but it may be difficult for some people to celebrate if they find themselves in adverse living or financial situations.
Thankfully, in the spirit of the holiday, there are many giving organizations and people who are providing a helping hand to those in need across the United States.
If you or someone you know needs a free Easter meal, the best places to look in your area are generally churches, community centers and United Way locations (or similar nonprofit organization locations).
An online search of free Easter meal locations in your area can help you find the correct place to go. You can also look for flyers posted on local community bulletin boards to find free Easter meal locations.
If you’re looking for specific locations providing free Easter meals in 2021 though, we’ve found a few that may be able to help you or those in your community.
We Care Meals has been providing free meals to anyone who wants them during Easter and Christmas for over 30 years. The group’s mission is to, “provide food for the body, but also nourish the soul.” Typically, We Care Meals will not only deliver meals to those in need, but the delivery drivers also offer a form of companionship for the lonely by eating with those who also need a friend.
2021 is no different story for We Care Meals. The group is providing free Easter meals via home deliveries to those in need. (Due to COVID-19 concerns, the participation in the companionship portion is up to the discretion of the delivery driver.)
If you’re located in the Appleton, WI area, you can call the group to place your hold on a free meal until 12 PM CST on Easter Sunday (April 4).
A little over 100 miles northwest of Appleton, residents of the Wausau, WI area can receive a free Easter meal on Easter Sunday courtesy of the Eagle’s Club.
You can physically go to the Eagle’s Club’s location at 1703 S. 3rd Ave. in Wausau, or you can request your meal to be delivered to your home. Requests must be made by 5 PM CST on March 31.
The Eagle’s Club free Easter meal will include ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, veggies and a small dessert.
Across the whole state of Pennsylvania, there are many places such as churches, shelters and community centers providing free Easter meals for those in need. The United Way of Pennsylvania put together an interactive list of places so it’s simple to find a free Easter meal in your community.
Some of the towns that are included on The United Way’s list include Pittsburgh, York, Lancaster, New Castle, Erie, Allentown, Greenville and Franklin.
The Restoration Ministry Center in St. Louis, MI (yes, Michigan) is holding a free drive-thru Easter dinner event on Saturday, April 3, for any resident, especially those who are spending their first Easter in town.
If you’d like to reserve a free Easter meal, you must make a reservation. The meal will include spiral ham, mashed potatoes, corn, a roll and dessert. The Restoration Ministry Center is located on 520 Olive St. in St. Louis.
Church of Hope in Sarasota, FL isn’t hosting an Easter-specific event, but it is doing its part to help those in need.
Every Saturday from March 6 to May 29, Church of Hope is hosting a food distribution event beginning at 8:30 AM EST. This timeframe also includes the Saturday of Easter weekend, April 3.
During this food distribution event, the church and its volunteers are giving 31-lbs. boxes of food away. The boxes of food include fresh vegetables, milk, fruit, other dairy products and pre-cooked chicken.
In Lima, OH, the Tom Ahl family of local car dealership fame, will hold its 28th annual Easter dinner on Saturday, April 3. 500 free Easter meals will be provided in the drive-thru event on a first-come, first-served basis. Food will begin to be handed out at 10 AM EST at the Wingate Hotel’s front entrance.
Salt Lake City Mission is also providing free Easter meals to those in need in the Salt Lake City, UT-area. The organization is partnering with six local churches to hold Easter Food Box Giveaways on Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4 (Easter).
The organization and the churches plan to provide over 3,500 boxes of food to families in need this Easter.
If you know a local organization in your hometown that will be providing free Easter meals to those in need this year, leave a comment below so you can also help spread the word.
Author’s Note: We are not affiliated with any of these groups or organizations. We just want to help!