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Turkey Project 2021
A gift of $35 provides a turkey and hearty sides for those without access to a holiday dinner.

Last year, the Drexel community rallied together in the wake of the pandemic to provide a record-breaking number of holiday meals to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Today, that need for support remains, particularly among those who struggle with the effects of hunger and food insecurity.

The Alumni Turkey Project, which has served the Philadelphia area for nearly half a century, is expanding its reach to also help communities in Southern California and Northern Texas through a network of generous donors, volunteers and 50 partner organizations.

From making a gift to volunteering in your community, there are now more ways than ever to be a part of the 48th Alumni Turkey Project alongside fellow Dragons.



The Alumni Turkey Project is powered by the generosity of the Drexel community. Every gift of $35 makes it possible for Drexel to provide a turkey and hearty sides for those without access to a holiday dinner. With your support, the Turkey Project can bring more meals to the Philadelphia, Southern California and Northern Texas areas. Make your gift today!



Join us on December 15 for the virtual panel discussion, Addressing Hunger and Food Insecurity Among College Students. Experts will discuss the factors that perpetuate these nation-wide hardships as well as innovative strategies that universities like Drexel are implementing to combat them.

REGISTER for virtual panel


Sharing Excess Food Packing Days
December 4 and 11
Volunteers will organize and pack holiday meal sides that will accompany the turkeys given out at the Philadelphia Distribution Day event.


Distribution Day
December 18

Volunteers will hand out turkeys to community organizations on campus and see first-hand the joy that a holiday meal can bring. Come to Distribution Day ready to lift heavy boxes!



Participate in service projects at Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente, California on December 4 and the North Texas Food Bank in Plano, Texas on December 11. Volunteers will pack boxes of food, stock and organize shelves, and more.

Family Assistance Ministries
The North Texas Food Bank


Tag @DrexelAlumni and use #DrexelTurkeyProject to encourage your family, friends and fellow Dragons to get involved and make a difference.

What is the Alumni Turkey Project?

Celebrating its 48th year, the Alumni Turkey Project is Drexel’s longest-running alumni tradition. Made possible by generous donors, all proceeds have been used to provide holiday meals to community organizations and individuals within the greater Philadelphia area. This year, the Turkey Project is expanding its support to help communities in Texas and California. Drexel partners include Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services, St. Christopher's Center for the Urban Child and Drexel’s student food pantry, Mario’s Market.


After serving the Philadelphia area for nearly half a century, the Turkey Project is expanding its reach to also provide support in Southern California and Northern Texas areas – communities where Dragons live and work. Drexel is partnering with Family Assistance Ministries and the North Texas Food Bank to distribute holiday meals in addition to hosting volunteer opportunities.

How Does This Year Look Different?


To ensure the safety of the Drexel community members and local organizations, all on-campus participants will be required to follow safety guidelines. Consistent with Drexel University’s visitor and event guidelines, event attendees are required to utilize the Drexel Health Checker Visitor Pass. Guests must access and complete the pass 24 hours or less before arriving at the venue, attest to being fully vaccinated and answer health screening questions. Completed passes will be confirmed by Drexel staff upon check-in at the event. Drexel’s visitor policies offer additional health and safety guidelines that guests are encouraged to follow at this event. Drexel also asks visitors to abide by additional regulations put in place by the city or venue where the event is being hosted.

Drexel University is currently hosting in-person events in compliance with regional and CDC guidelines. Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 resource page for additional information and your local guidelines.