BRICK- Church of Epiphany, 615 Thiele Road, will provide Thanksgiving dinners at noon Thursday. Deliveries provided upon request. For more information, call 732-458-0220.
ISLAND HEIGHTS- Island Heights United Methodist Church is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Individuals, families, and local and out-of-state emergency responders are invited to attend one of three seatings: at noon, 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call the church office at 732-929-0444 to request your preferred time. Island Heights United Methodist Church is located at 111 Ocean Ave.
JACKSON- The Jackson Italian American Club, located in Romeos Plaza, 10 South New Prospects Ave., will be hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner for those needing a warm meal in a friendly atmosphere from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. (I'll be there!)
- Lacey United Methodist Church, 203 Lacey Road in Forked River will serve Thanksgiving meals at 1 p.m. Thursday. Call 609-693-5222 the day before.
LAKEHURSTThe Community Center, 203 Center St., will serve Thanksgiving meals noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 908-278-4654.
LAKEWOOD- Operation Jersey Strong, a nonprofit formed following superstorm Sandy to assist displaced residents, will host a Thanksgiving lunch for up to 150 people who lost homes from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Woodlake Country Club, 25 New Hampshire Ave, Lakewood. A gourmet traditional Thanksgiving meal and entertainment for children will be offered. Anyone wishing to attend should register by calling 732-228-8282.
- Macedonia Baptist Church, 143 John St., will provide Thanksgiving meals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Volunteers needed. Deliveries provided upon request. For more information, call 732-363-9804.
LOWE'S STORESAs part of continuing efforts to support communities affected by superstorm Sandy, Lowe’s will provide more than 22,000 free grab-and-go, heat-and-serve Thanksgiving meals for residents of the communities hardest hit by the storm.
Lowe’s will provide Boston Market family-style meals. Each meal includes fresh roasted turkey or ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet corn and rolls. The fully cooked dinners will be distributed at 35 Lowe’s stores in New York and New Jersey on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 11 a.m. today until supplies run out.
Each store location will have approximately 500 meals to provide the local community. In addition, all Lowe’s employees in these stores will receive a meal as a thank you for their dedication before, during and after the storm. More than $1 million worth of food will be distributed during today’s events.
In addition, Table Talk Pies of Worcester, Mass., donated more than 43,000 pies to be included in the meals.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH- Volunteers at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church at Bay and Forman avenues will provide hot meals for those impacted by superstorm Sandy through Monday. Meals will be served in the Christian Education Building from 2 to 6 p.m.
The effort is in conjunction with St. Gregory’s, an ecumenical food pantry located at St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, where more than 5,000 hot meals had been served before the move to the Presbyterian church.
- St. Gregory’s at 820 Arnold Ave. will serve Thanksgiving meals at 1 p.m. For more information, call 732-892-8105.
St. Gregory’s Pantry also announced that beginning Monday, the Pantry will resume its normal hours, Monday-to-Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, for the distribution of non-perishable food and household items.
TOMS RIVER- Ocean County College will host a Thanksgiving dinner at 1 p.m. Thursday. Dinner prepared by Jason Russo, executive chef at Ramada Inn, Toms River. Reservations are required. Make reservations by calling the Student Life Office at 732-255-0348.
- The Toms River Elks Lodge 1875 will offer free dinners on Thanksgiving Day at the lodge, located on the corners of Washington Street and Clifton Avenue. Dinners will be available to hurricane victims, emergency responders, senior citizens, people with disabilities and members of the community who would like to enjoy a friendly atmosphere with plenty of turkey and trimmings.
The dinners will be served at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Anyone who would like to attend should call the lodge secretary, Eileen Coyne, at 732-341-2480, ext. 203.