November 26, 2022

Three local businesses in Worcester will be offering free Thanksgiving dinners this year for those who won’t otherwise have access to a meal.
Boulevard Diner, Café Neo and Voltage Fashion have all hosted free community Thanksgiving celebrations in previous years and are continuing their tradition on Thursday.
“Though we started this tradition with the homeless in mind, we ask and welcome anyone who would like to join our family and spend Thanksgiving with us,” wrote the owners of Boulevard Diner on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “If you, or anyone you know don’t have anywhere to go Thursday, or usually spend the holiday alone, please join us … Every day we see so many of the less fortunate in our city and we wish for them all to know that they have a warm place and a warm meal for the holiday.”
The diner, located at 155 Shrewsbury St., will close at 11 a.m. on Thursday and reopen from 2 to 6 p.m. for free turkey dinner.
This is the fourth year that the diner has hosted its free Thanksgiving event.
Voltage Fashion will be holding its second free Thanksgiving this year, in partnership with Una Mano Amiga Community Group, Paradise Bar and Grill, Worcester Families Feeding Families and Casa Tripletas El Birinbau.
Voltage owner Laura Perez-Garcia said they will have dinner with all the fixings for 150 people, as well as hygiene bags for women for anyone in need.
Perez-Garcia began the tradition last year, but said at the time that it was something she had always wanted to do.
The Voltage meal will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at Affordable Auto Glass, 3 King St.
Voltage Fashion will host a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. (Courtesy Laura Perez-Garcia)
The city’s longest-running free Thanksgiving event will be held once again this year at Café Neo, 97 Millbury St. The bar is continuing the annual tradition for the 25th year.
Owner Peter Tsigas said he was preparing close to 1,000 pounds of food for the event. The menu will include traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as Greek dishes.
“I’m ready for one or 500 (people),” Tsigas said.
Tsigas said on Facebook earlier this month that this year may be the last that he is able to continue the tradition due to a dispute with the restaurant’s landlord that may end with it closing.
“When I bought the place 25 years ago I saw a need in the area,” he told MassLive. “As long I have a place in Worcester I will still do it. I cannot stop doing it. It’s part of life now.”
Café Neo’s event will be from 12 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
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