Mayor Walsh, City Councilor-elect Flynn, and Bruins player Beleskey visit on Thanksgiving Day 2017

Mayor Walsh, City Councilor-elect Flynn carving turkeys Thanksgiving 2017

BOSTON, November 23, 2017 –St. Francis House hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon meal with support from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. More than 350 of Boston’s poor and homeless guests enjoyed their meals “restaurant style” with the assistance of more than 55 volunteers.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh visited St. Francis House, met with guests and assisted in carving turkeys. The Mayor’s annual visit has long been a special highlight for St Francis House guests.

“St. Francis House is an important organization in the City of Boston that fulfills its mission everyday of helping those in need,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “No matter what, individuals know they can come here and they will be welcomed with open arms. I thank staff members and volunteers at St. Francis House for going above and beyond to lift one another up, and ensure that every person has a happy Thanksgiving.”

City Councilor-elect Ed Flynn also visited.

City Councilor-elect Flynn commented, “I am proud to join Mayor Walsh and St. Francis House in their longtime commitment to helping our most vulnerable residents throughout the city during this time of Thanksgiving. St. Francis House’s compassion for all Bostonians is the true spirit of Thanksgiving.”

Boston Bruins player Beleskey stops by with pies

We welcomed Boston Bruins player Matt Beleskey (#39) who stopped by to personally deliver pies from Mike’s Pastry in the North End. His contribution to our Thanksgiving feast ensured that our 350 guests today ended their meals on a deliciously sweet note!

St. Francis House President & CEO Karen LaFrazia led the blessing prior to commencing the Thanksgiving feast.

To feed Thanksgiving dinner to so many of our city’s citizens, it takes:

  • 48 turkeys (750 lbs.)
  • 150 lbs of mashed potatoes
  • 160 lbs of vegetables
  • 130 lbs of stuffing
  • 750 rolls
  • 60 gallons of apple cider
  • 50 pies

About St. Francis House

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in the Commonwealth, serving an average of 500 poor and homeless men and women a day, 365 days a year. St Francis House provides basic, rehabilitative and housing services that overlap and build on one another to provide guests with continuous and comprehensive care.