Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with some of the best locally made meals this year. | Photo via RODNAE Productions
Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for those struggling with food insecurity in the South Bay. As the costs of housing, schooling, and basic necessities continue to rise, it becomes increasingly difficult to afford a warm meal, let alone one that’s family-sized.
Whether you’ve fallen on hard times, are looking for a supportive community, or find yourself alone during the holiday season, we’ve got you covered with some free local options for Thanksgiving.
🥬 Where to get ingredients
Martha’s Kitchen | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 5-6 p.m. | 311 Willow St. In addition to their full meal services, Martha’s Kitchen will be giving out groceries for those in need, including traditional Thanksgiving fare of nutritious meat and produce.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley | Drop off, pick up days by request | Times vary | 80 locations Partnering with multiple organizations throughout the South Bay and beyond, Second Harvest has multiple options for ingredients — and even offer home delivery. Check out their map to find a drop-off location near you.
🥧 Full meals
Martha’s Kitchen | Monday, Nov. 20-Wednesday, Nov. 22 | Times vary | 311 Willow St. In addition to their daily meal schedule, the organization will offer a lunch on Monday, and turkey, mashed potatoes + veggies during their dinner services on Tuesday (to-go) and Wednesday (dine-in).
Salvation Army Silicon Valley | Monday, Nov 20-Friday, Nov. 24 | Times vary | 3 locations The organization is offering multiple free meals during Thanksgiving week. Along with a free honeyed ham and hot meals (served 5:15-6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20) at Emmanuel House, they’ll also offer a senior Thanksgiving luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at their Senior Center on North Fourth Street. Additionally, prepared sack-lunches will be distributed on Thanksgiving Day, 5-6 p.m., at Emmanuel House.
Evergreen Hills Market | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | 2-7 p.m. | Evergreen Hills Market, 3777 Quimby Rd., San Jose | Free | This new market showcases local makers offering food, drinks, homemade items, clothes, and more.
San Jose Barracuda vs. Colorado Eagles | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | Tech CU Arena, 1500 S. Tenth St., San Jose | $13-$62 | The San Jose Barracuda take on the Colorado Eagles for a two-night homestand.
KixCon 2 | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Center Court at Eastridge Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose | Free | This edition of KixCon celebrates the birth of hip-hop with dance battles, live painting with 1Culture, and of course, local streetwear pop-ups.
Trans Awareness Night | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 5-8 p.m. | SJSU Student Union Theater, 157 S. Ninth St., San Jose | Free | Celebrate the conclusion of Transgender Awareness Week with artists, musicians, and a resource fair provided by members of the community.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Alum Rock Village Farmers’ Market | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 8 a.m. | 57 N. White Rd., San Jose | Free | Enjoy artisan vendors, fresh fruit + veggies, and music at this weekly market.
Soulful Sunday | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 11 a.m. | Jackie’s Place, 840 N. First St., San Jose | Free | In celebration of five years, the soul restaurant will present Naté The Soul Sanger + gospel artist Tam E.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 1:05 p.m. | Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara | $85-$1500 | After a nearly perfect road game against the Jaguars, QB Brock Purdy and team face off against the recovering Buccaneers.
San Jose State University has finalized their deal with Signia by Hilton San Jose. The $89 million deal will convert the hotel’s south tower into housing for over 700 students. Renovations are expected to be finished by August 2024, and includes an option to purchase after two years. (SJSU News Center)
You could get paid to eat sweets in San Jose. Venchi, an Italian sweets company, is hiring a chocolate and gelato taster for its Valley Fair Mall location. Applicants must provide a cover letter detailing their love of sweets. You can apply on the company’s website, or via email. (SF Chronicle)
Downtown Ice officially returns tonight after a one-year hiatus. In 2022, the Aloha Roller Rink took its place at the Circle of Palms after the original organizer decided to not renew its downtown contract. (San Jose Inside)
City Council unanimously voted this week to ease regulations governing marijuana shops in the city, allowing businesses to operate from 6-10 p.m. (previously, regulations dictated businesses could only operate after 9 a.m.) (previously, regulations dictated businesses could only operate after 9 a.m.) The new rules also decrease penalties from $1,200 for a first time offense to $250. (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
After this weekend, HashNDash will no longer be serving breakfast in SoFA. The city is ending its parklet agreement outside Academic Coffee, so the pop up will need to relocate. HashNDash’s eggcellent menu will be limited Friday through Sunday. No new location has been announced.
It’s official. In a unanimous vote Thursday, Major League Baseball owners approved the relocation of the Oakland A’s to Las Vegas. While the Vegas stadium is still being developed (and may not be ready until 2028), the team will continue to play the 2024 season in Oakland. (The Mercury News)
Need the perfect holiday gift for your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? This brand has you covered with all the gifts and stocking stuffers that men will actually use. (Plus, they’re all 25% off during the Black Friday Sale, happening now.)*
With one of the “best reward cards of 2023,” enjoy exceptional rewards on purchases and a $300 welcome bonus. And start racking up those rewards.*
In a city this big, there’s always something cool to do. | Photo via @indepthimage
Have you noticed some of the empty office space around town? Office vacancies downtown are at 31.5% as of September 2023, up 0.2% from the previous quarter. Compare those numbers to the national office vacancy rate, which was 17.8% as of September 2023. One possible use for vacant offices? Affordable housing.
Recently, the White House released a new plan to convert commercial buildings into residential housing — affordable housing in particular. Resources will be made available from 20+ programs across multiple agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.