Gobbler Gathering

For over 90 years, ERM has hosted our annual Thanksgiving food basket giveaway, the Gobbler Gathering. Taking place each year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Gobbler Gathering allows ERM to provide more than 2,200 Tri-State families with a free sixty pound food basket.


Each Thanksgiving food basket is filled with the following items:

  • Frozen 10-13 pound turkey
  • Bagged celery
  • Bagged onions
  • Bagged potatoes
  • Flour and/or cornmeal
  • A loaf of bread
  • Canned chicken broth
  • Canned corn
  • Canned cranberry sauce

  • Canned green beans
  • Canned peas
  • Canned yams
  • Cake Mix
  • Egg Noodles
  • Cornbread Mix
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Stuffing Mix


Each family also gets to enjoy a chapel and worship service when they arrive, where ERM staff and friends can share with them the love of Christ.

ERM could not pull off this annual event if it were not for the faithful and enthusiastic support of people just like you. More than 1,000 volunteers sacrifice their time each year to help fill food baskets and accompany families through our Gobbler Gathering food tent. There are also over 250 Tri-State schools, churches, businesses, civic clubs, and families who give by collecting and donating food items, or by making a monetary donation to purchase food.

Here’s how YOU can be involved at ERM’s 95th annual Gobbler Gathering:


  • Have your organization or family COLLECT and DONATE one or more of the food items listed above.
  • MAKE A FINANCIAL GIFT toward ERM’s Gobbler Gathering.
  • VOLUNTEER during Gobbler Gathering Day (Tuesday, November 21, 2017) at one of these distribution shifts: 10 a.m.,  12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.


To VOLUNTEER for our 95th annual Gobbler Gathering, please submit a volunteer application at the link(s) below.



** Important note: Gobbler Gathering food donations can be delivered to Evansville Rescue Mission’s main campus (500 East Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713) as late as Monday, November 20.

** For more information or if you have any questions about ERM’s Gobbler Gathering, please call ERM at 812.421.3800 or e-mail ERM at info@ermstaff.org.