Here is a sampling of free Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday for families and individuals in need.
FREEPORT The Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Rd., hosts its annual dinner starting at 5 p.m. until closing at 9 p.m. The center also is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as a warming station, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hot meals will continue to be served throughout the long holiday weekend until supplies are depleted.
LINDENHURST The Lindenhurst school district will hold a community dinner at Chateau La Mer, 845 S. Wellwood Ave., with four seatings, the first at 11:30 a.m. The meal is free, but to RSVP call Shirley Kennedy at the high school at 631-867-3700 or email SKennedy@lindenhurstschools.org.
LINDENHURST Our Lady of Perpetual Help Knights of Columbus Council #794 hosts dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 400 S. Broadway. Call 631-226-3240 by Tuesday to RSVP.
LINDENHURST Living Truth Family Church will hold a dinner at E.W. Bower School, 315 W. Montauk Hwy., at 2 p.m. The gymnasium is available for volleyball and basketball. Seats are limited; call 516-729-0278 to reserve a spot.
MASSAPEQUA Manor East, 201 Jerusalem Ave., will serve a buffet dinner starting at noon and throughout the day. All in need are welcome. For more information, call 516-799-0666.
In addition, the organization Long Island Food Not Bombs will hold Thanksgiving-related events beginning Sunday, Nov. 18, and through Nov. 24. The organization will distribute food and clothing on Sunday, Nov. 18, outside the LIRR station in Hempstead and hold similar events in coming days in Coram, Farmingville, Huntington, Wyandanch and other communities.
On Thanksgiving Day, the organization will provide a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Farmingville Food Share location, Horseblock Road and Woodycrest Drive.
For more information about its events this week, visit www.lifnb.com or email LongIslandFoodNotBombs@gmail.com.