TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Thanksgiving Day is nearly here (or is here, depending on when you’re reading this) but there are myriad reasons someone might need a little extra boost on our nation’s most gluttonous holiday (it’s in the top five, at least).

Here’s a brief list of options around the community for those who may need it. To build this list, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Tompkins Chamber, the Food Donation Network and the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County were all consulted.

And, of course, has also compiled its own list of pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day offerings that is more exhaustive than this one.

A list of area food pantries that are open Thursday and this weekend.

At this link, you can search your location, then click on “Holiday Meals” to find places specifically serving free Thanksgiving meals on Thursday.

A map of food cabinets (the waist-height blue cabinets dotted throughout Ithaca and Tompkins County).

Today is the last day to order a to-go meal from the Salvation Army at 150 N. Albany Street, which will be given out from 12-1 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Call (607) 273-2400 to check availability.

From the Downtown Ithaca Alliance:

Hotel Ithaca / Social : 


Sit Down Plated Dinner

Thursday, November 25, 11:30am – 6:00pm

Reservations required: 607.272.1000


Closed Thanksgiving Day, 12/24, and 12/25 and Mondays; open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner as well as Sunday brunch! In addition to their elevated, new American full dinner menu available in their spacious dining areas — check out the curbside pick-up family-style menu to feed your group. Families will also be happy to see this restaurant offers ample space with comfortable wheelchair-accessible parking, dining, and restrooms.  Call or pre-order online.

Monks on the Commons

Thanksgiving Hours:

Monday  11/22, Tuesday 11/23, Wednesday, 11/24: Breakfast 7 am-10 am and Dinner 5 pm-10 pm

Thursday,11/25 (Thanksgiving Day); Friday,11/26,  Saturday,11/27; Sunday, 11/28: Breakfast 8 am-11 am CLOSED for Dinner

Special holiday item: Purity Eggnog Cocktails – One with Frangelico (for those who like it sweet) and one with Bourbon (for those who like it stiff). I do not have a photo, Ian will send one I will send it along.

Red’s Place in Downtown Ithaca will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 24th-26th, reopening Saturday, Nov. 27th at 12 noon.

Luna Inspired Street Food is repeating last year’s amazing offer of free prepared meals for Thanksgiving, teaming up with Mutual Aid Tompkins, with meals available for pickup at 310 Stewart Avenue from 11 am-6 pm on Wednesday, November 24th. Request a meal or meals online or register to volunteer to deliver meals.

Loaves and Fishes will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and returning to their regular schedule of free meals with lunch on Friday.

Kilpatricks: Thanksgiving hours will be 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Simeons will be opened at Friday, Saturday & Sunday Normal hours those days 26, 27 & 28. Closed Monday Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday 22, 23, 24 & 25

Thompson and Bleecker: It will be closed this Thursday (Thanksgiving) and Friday. Please stop on by for pizza and pasta tonight and tomorrow.

Ithaca Ale House

Dining Special “Thanksgiving in a Sandwich”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at