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Philadelphia Police Department’s Operation Thanksgiving, Tuesday, November 21

The Philadelphia Police Department’s 57th Annual Operation Thanksgiving Delivers Dinner Baskets to 378 families across the city on Tuesday, November 21 from 7 to 11:30 AM.  Since 1969, the department has collected money from officers and professional staff in order to buy Thanksgiving Dinner to those in need.  This year, the Philadelphia Police Department, along with Brown’s Super Stores, Inc., has raised over $11,000 to provide  400 baskets this holiday.   Images-1


When: Tuesday November 21, 2023
             7 to 11:30 am (***see schedule details below***)  


Where: Philadelphia Public Service Building 

                 400 North Broad Street  

                (On Broad Street by main entrance - or if raining - parking garage -15th and Callowhill Streets) 



Operation Thanksgiving 2023 Schedule:  


10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Set up of Operation Thanksgiving Distribution  


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Brown’s ShopRite truck arrives with food 


1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (or until filled): Police department employees, including the Commissioner and  

Deputy Commissioners, pack 378 Thanksgiving dinner boxes & load them into  police vans for delivery  


Officers and civilian employees of the Philadelphia Police Department will pack and deliver more than 378 Thanksgiving dinner boxes to families in the 21 police districts across the city.   


The ingredients  

Each box is packed with a 12 to 16 pound turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans and gravy.  Each box includes a note from Interim Commissioner Stanford carrying the heartfelt warmth and well wishes of the department members.  

The recipients  

Throughout the year, community relations officers receive input from department members and community partners identifying families who might benefit from this initiative. This is one way officers extend support beyond the badge.    

Department employees donated more than $11,000, with Browns Super Stores donating $3,943 to cover the cost of the holiday goodies in each box.