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5 spots non-cooks of Des Moines can get Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade rolls, pumpkin pie and food comas are generally what comes to mind when we think of Thanksgiving. But for those who aren’t blessed with the cooking talents or the budget to provide a gorgeous spread for their entire extended family, we've got you covered with these five prepared alternatives.

Whole Foods

4100 University Ave #260, West Des Moines

Get your Thanksgiving dinner to go this year by ordering your menu at and picking up your freshly cooked meal at their West Des Moines location. Choose from a variety of delish Thanksgiving basics: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, salads, vegetables and more. Get extra fancy with an array of a la carte appetizers such as the bread and spreads platter, or the artisan cheese and charcuterie platters. Serving sizes range from 6-15 people.


Various Locations

Pick up your Thanksgiving Day delicacies at any of the Hy-Vee locations by placing your order ahead of time at You can choose from a traditional turkey dinner or indulge in ham or prime rib. All you have to do is pick up your amazing meal, present it on your snazziest serving dishes and your guests will never know that you weren’t working away in your kitchen all morning!

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Gateway Market

2002 Woodland Ave, Des Moines

Check out local grocery store Gateway Market’s extensive catering menu for your choice of Thanksgiving dinners. Whether you're serving a small or large crowd, Gateway has an array options for everyone. Enjoy side dishes such as Parmesan-creamed spinach, green bean casserole and several flavored bread loafs. Go to for a peek at their menu and to place your order today.

Mickey’s Irish Pub in Waukee

50 SE Laurel, Waukee

Head to Mickey’s Irish Pub for a free Thanksgiving lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring a plethora of holiday goods: turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, and of course, sweet treats! A donation is encouraged, and all proceeds will go to Mentor Iowa. You can also choose to donate a food item, such as a salad or dessert.

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Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Chuck's

3610 6th Ave, Des Moines

Anyone in need of a Thanksgiving meal should stop by Chuck's Restaurant from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to receive a free Thanksgiving dinner! You can also call in to request a pickup or delivery of a meal by calling 515-262-4605. They are expecting to deliver about 3,400 meals in Central Iowa, making this event one of the largest in the state. The dinner is put together by 100% community volunteers so if you’re interested in volunteering, call 515-262-5187.