Most of us are blessed with more than we need.  We have family and friends. We have warm, safe homes and enough food for three meals a day — plus leftovers. In fact, it’s hard for us to truly understand the hunger, risk and isolation that so many of our neighbors endure.

The truth is that more than 111,000 people in the Erie Diocese struggle daily with hunger and food insecurity.  These dear neighbors are of every age, race and ethnicity.  They may be homeless or live in your neighborhood. Some have jobs, some are retired and others struggle to find gainful employment. All are in need of our blessings – whether a warm meal, a kind word, or a helping hand. 

That’s why — again this year — we’re asking you to share your blessings with those who are hungry, lonely or  homebound.

Your gift to the Sisters of St. Joseph Thanksgiving Fund will help us serve a full  holiday meal to more than 800 neighbors on Thanksgiving Day. Each year, we partner with Gannon University in downtown Erie, PA and serve Thanksgiving Dinner to anyone who is alone, in need or would otherwise not celebrate the holiday. The meal is free and reservations are not required.  We also deliver hundreds of dinners to individuals who are homebound. Close to 800 meals are served, including nearly 300 home deliveries. 

And just as important – funds donated above and beyond our Thanksgiving Day costs will be distributed to area food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies to assist neighbors throughout the year. 

Help us build a longer table this Thanksgiving.  Your gift — of any size — will help more than you know.

Wishing you God’s blessings this Thanksgiving and always.   



The dinner is possible each year because of the hundreds of volunteers and benefactors who come together for this effort.  Monetary donations help cover the cost of the dinner and provide needed resources to local shelters, food banks and agencies throughout the year.

Click here if you would like to contribute to
the 2019 Thanksgiving Dinner Appeal.