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Where you can get a Thanksgiving meal in the QC on the big day

Some Quad Cities area businesses and nonprofits are providing free Thanksgiving meals to those in need in the Quad Cities community.

MOLINE, Ill. — Editor's Note: The above video was published on Nov. 10.

Several nonprofits and businesses around the Quad Cities are filling in the gaps where Thanksgiving meals are needed. Here is a running list of locations handing out free Thanksgiving dinners:

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Free Meals


Kinna's House of Love Inc. is hosting a free Thanksgiving meal. The meal will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 1016 W. 5th St.


SouthPark Mall hosts the annual Mr. Thanksgiving dinner drive-thru again this year on Thanksgiving Day. Hours are 4 to 6 pm. Vehicles will line up on the east side of the mall outside JCPenney. Meals will be delivered through the doors near the Von Maur truck dock area. MetroLink will bring guests to the mall to pick up their dinner. Guest must contact MetroLink at 309-788-3360 before noon on Monday, Nov. 21 to be placed on the list for pick-up. No reservations are needed.

Families struggling to afford holiday meals can get a little help from the City of Moline and Hy-Vee, thanks to the Meals for the Holiday Program. As the country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation hits folks in the pocketbook, Hy-Vee and the City are partnering to provide $200 in food and fuel vouchers for eligible households. The COVID-19 Meals for the Holiday Program kicks off on Monday, Nov. 14 at Moline City Hall, 619 15th St., starting at 9 a.m. Qualified applicants are eligible to receive $200 in vouchers, three totaling $50 and two $25, that can be used to assist with grocery and gas purchases. Vouchers may not be used for alcohol, tobacco, pharmacy prescriptions, lottery, money orders or Western Union. In addition, there is no cash back on purchases less than the voucher total. Vouchers are redeemable at the Moline Hy-Vee, 4218 Avenue of the Cities. The program is open to Moline residents only. To learn if you are eligible, check here

The Islamic Center of the Quad Cities, located at 6005 34th Ave. in Moline, plans to distribute about 100 Thanksgiving meals on a first come first serve basis on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Rock Island 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (MLK Center) is delighted to invite the entire Quad City community to its 33rd Annual Thanksgiving event. All are welcome to enjoy delicious Thanksgiving meals at no cost. They'll be delivering meals and providing curbside pickup from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 18, and from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov 20. The Center’s goal this year is to give away 5,000 free meals (compared to 3,500 in 2021). Dine-in service will not be available this year. The MLK Center is located at 630 9th Street, Rock Island, IL. Curbside service will be from the parking lot on the west side of the building. Please call 309-732-2999 to request delivery of 25 or more meals to Davenport, Bettendorf, East Moline, Moline, Milan and Rock Island.  

Christian Care is giving out free Thanksgiving meals for lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving day. Lunch will be held from 12 to 12:30 p.m. and dinner will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Christian Care is located at 2209 3rd Avenue.

Restaurants Open

  • Bix Bistro (Davenport)
  • Maxwell's on The River (Muscatine)
  • Pulse84 Energy Station (Rapid City)
  • TPC Deere Run Gold Course Greenside Grille (Silvis)
  • Robert's Buffet at Rhythm City Casino (Davenport)
  • Bally's Quad Cities Casino and Hotel
  • Thunder Bay Grille (Davenport)
  • Riverfront Grille (Rock Island)
  • Iowa 80 Truckstop (Walcott)
  • Nest Cafe Quad Cities 
  • Moline Bent River Brewing Company 
  • Machine Shed (Davenport)
  • Gramma's Kitchen (Walcott)
  • Bayside Bistro (Rock Island)
  • Mama's Parlor (Park View)

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