Where to find Thanksgiving meal assistance in Gulf County

Several local organizations will be offering assistance with Thanksgiving meals to those in need this year. Starting next week, Gulf County residents will be able to enjoy a free meal or receive assistance with groceries from the following entities. 

This is a dynamic list and will be updated as we learn of more resources. Know of an organization or event that should be added? Email details to [email protected] or call 850-851-0724.

Free Thanksgiving Dinners 

New Beginning Assembly 



The congregation at New Beginning Assembly of God in Highland View will be hosting their third annual Thanksgiving dinner for residents of Gulf County and Mexico Beach.  

The meal will be provided free of charge, and anyone is welcome to pick one up.

Dinner will be distributed Wednesday, November 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST, and the church is located at 248 Dolphin Street in Port St. Joe. Those who would like to reserve a meal are invited to call Pastor Adam White at 850-340-1887.

 

Jonathan Rouse Thanksgiving Dinner 

Koran Rouse has been serving a Thanksgiving meal for the community in honor of his late brother, Jonathan, since 2018. 

The meal will be served in the Washington High School Gymnasium in North Port St. Joe on Sunday, Nov. 20 beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Rouse can be reached at 850-899-1149 if you are interested in volunteering or need more information. 

 

The Less Fortunate Still Matters Foundation Thanksgiving meal

The Less Fortunate Still Matters Foundation will be serving a free Thanksgiving meal in Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka on Wednesday, November 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

Volunteers are needed.

 

Grocery Assistance 

Two Fish Food Market

Two Fish, which is run by the United Methodist Church, opened last year to provide assistance with groceries to families in need. 

They are offering groceries free of charge for registered shoppers who are in need. 

The store is located at 212 Williams Avenue. While they will not be open Thanksgiving Day, the market will be open for their regular hours on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.



Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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