Where to get a free Thanksgiving meal in Acadiana

Savriah Haq and Joe Breaux plate meals at Bailey's Seafood & Grill on Thanksgiving Day in 2015. The restaurant serves free traditional Thanksgiving meals each year. (Photo: Advertiser file photo)
Savriah Haq and Joe Breaux plate meals at Bailey's Seafood & Grill on Thanksgiving Day in 2015. The restaurant serves free traditional Thanksgiving meals each year. (Photo: Advertiser file photo)

(The Daily Advertiser) – For many in Acadiana, 2016 hasn’t been the best year.

Our local economy didn’t recover as quickly as predicted. We’re weary from a divisive presidential election. And as the holidays approach, many of us are still displaced from our homes after August’s historic flood.

Thanksgiving might feel a bit different this year. If you could use a free meal and a bit of community, know that there is a place set just for you at one of these local spots.

1. Athena Greek and Lebanese Food

This popular Mediterranean restaurant will host its annual customer appreciation buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The full Greek buffet meal is free to all.

Athena is located at 3551 Ambassador Caffery Parkway. Learn more by visiting facebook.com/athenasfood or by calling 337-988-7618.

2. Bailey’s Seafood and Grill

This local staple will host its annual Thanksgiving luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal is free for anyone in need. Transportation to and from the restaurant is available to those who need assistance, and dinner can also be delivered to homes for anybody who is unable to attend due to physical handicap.

Bailey’s is located at 5520-A Johnston St. Learn more by calling 337-988-6464.

3. St. Joseph Diner

This cafeteria will host its annual Thanksgiving lunch from 11 to 11:50 a.m. on Thanksgiving day.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal is free for anyone in need. St. Joseph Diner is a program of Catholic Services of Acadiana, which provides essential services to people experiencing poverty, hunger and homelessness in Acadiana.

St. Joseph Diner is located at 613 W. Simcoe St. Learn more by calling 337-235-4972.

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