Operation Turkey

Providing Thanksgiving dinner for Prince William families

Operation Turkey provides Thanksgiving meals to more than 1,200 families in Greater Prince William who would not otherwise have been able to join in the festivities. Here are five ways you can help:

1. Sponsor or purchase our reusable grocery bags

By sponsoring SERVE It Up, your company will be recognized on a reusable grocery bag customized for this project. These bags will be used to distribute Thanksgiving meal packages to our neighbors during our Operation Turkey drive in November. They will also be available for sale at our SERVE campus, NVFS Headquarters in Oakton, our Clock Tower Thrift Store and online throughout the year.

Purchase bags or sponsorships

2. Donate Food

Suggested Items
Canned vegetables, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned sweet potatoes, canned or instant potatoes, cornbread/muffin mix, Bisquick, canned pumpkin, canned fruit, applesauce, rice, dry or canned beans, soup, pasta and sauces, coffee/tea/cocoa, boxed desserts, Jello/pudding, peanut butter, jelly, sugar and flour

Coordinate a food drive with your office, family, church, civic group, sports team or neighborhood! Download the flyer here.

3. Make a Monetary Donation

Just $50 provides a complete holiday meal to a family of four. Donate online or by check (payable to “NVFS” with “Operation Turkey” on the memo line). Our administrative address:

Northern Virginia Family Service
ATTN: Operation Turkey
10455 White Granite Dr., Suite 100
Oakton, VA 22124


Please note, should contributions for Operation Turkey exceed our budgeted need, gifts will be directed to where they are needed most in the mission to help children and families living in poverty throughout Northern Virginia.

4. Donate Grocery Store Cards

Families may also wish to purchase perishable items, such as turkey or other fresh produce. NVFS recommends Giant Food gift cards, but all grocery gift cards are welcome. Please send gift cards to:

Northern Virginia Family Service
ATTN: Operation Turkey
10455 White Granite Dr., Suite 100
Oakton, VA 22124

5. Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Operation Turkey! This is a popular volunteer activity; volunteer slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up for a volunteer shift, please follow this link. Please contact Navara Cannon at ncannon@nvfs.org or 571.748.2621 with any questions.

Please note: Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer independently; volunteers 12-15 must volunteer with a parent/guardian. Due to the nature of volunteer activities, we cannot take any volunteers under 12 years of age.