Walmart Giving Away Free Thanksgiving Meals: Here’s How to Get One

by Jennifer Shea

This holiday season, Walmart is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who can afford to pay for the meal upfront and then get a rebate.

Thanksgiving With a 100% Rebate

Diners can choose from a fixed menu of nine products, TMZ reports. Those include turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, crispy fried onions, cream of mushroom soup, and Coke.

Walmart has partnered with brands like Butterball, Campbell’s, Coca-Cola, French’s, Great Value, Idahoan and McCormick to bring the meal to its customers.

Before diners buy the meal, they have to download the Ibotta app. Then they must unlock the offer. After buying the meal, they have to scan the receipt or link to a Walmart Grocery account. There’s a limit of one item per Ibotta account. 

“Walmart is proud to team up with Ibotta this Thanksgiving to put meals on the tables of thousands of families across the U.S. at a time when they may need it most,” Sarah Henry, Senior Director of Content and Influencer Marketing, told Newsweek.

More Than 50 Million Hungry

Thanks to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, more than 50 million people will experience food insecurity in 2020. That’s according to Feeding America, a network of food banks and food pantries across the U.S. Many households that suffer food insecurity don’t qualify for federal programs. 

“This year has been trying for so many Americans,” Ibotta CEO and Founder Bryan Leach told Newsweek. “Ibotta’s ‘Free Thanksgiving Dinner’ program is our way of making them feel extra supported this holiday season.”

Thanksgiving will be different for everyone this year, of course. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines for celebrating Thanksgiving during the pandemic. The CDC’s recommendations include masks, social distancing, bringing your own dinnerware and utensils to gatherings and holding the meal outdoors. 

Meanwhile, Snopes has fact-checked Walmart’s offer and found it “mostly true.” There’s just one catch: the offer is valid only while supplies last.