Compassionate Feast

We are now preparing for Compassionate Feast, a program dedicated to providing families in need with all of the ingredients necessary to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner and happy memories of their own. Compassionate Feast will take place on Monday, November 19st at the Red Cedar Friends Quaker Meeting House, located at 1400 Turner Street. 

Last year Compassionate Feast was able to provide over 100 families under the federal poverty line with all the Thanksgiving fixings needed to make a traditional feast in their own home.  The program is now in its twelfth year and we need your help.

The OTCA is currently in the process of raising money to buy groceries for the baskets.  Because the space and manpower needed to complete the project are generously donated, every single penny raised goes toward buying food for the families. Compassionate Feast is a community event, and would not be possible without the charitable donations given every year from local businesses and community members.  

Local football hero TJ Duckett has once again generously agreed to match every donation of $40 (approximately the amount it costs to feed one family) with the turkey to go with each meal.  Every donation, small and large, helps to feed a local family for the holiday.  The OTCA will be taking donations up to the event on November 19th.    

If you would like more information about Compassionate Feast, or would like to make a contribution to the program send donations to the Old Town Commercial Association at 1232 Turner Street, Lansing, MI  48906, contact the OTCA office at 517.485.4283, or email Nicole Gomez at

If you’d like to purchase one food item for all of the participating families on the list, below is the list of necessary ingredients:

Turkey pan, oven roasting bag, croutons, salt, pepper, chicken broth, onion, celery, potatoes, butter, milk, corn starch, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, marshmallows, large box of Jell-O, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, French fried onions, canned cranberries, rolls, pumpkin, allspice, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pie crust, eggs, Cool Whip, sugar, milk