During a time of sharing and giving thanks, The Cheesecake Factory remembers those who may not have the means to celebrate this year. More than 3,000 dedicated staff members from The Cheesecake Factory will gather in 13 Salvation Army locations around the United States on Thanksgiving Day to prepare and serve sit-down holiday meals for The Cheesecake Factory’s 12th annual Thanksgiving Day Feast.

The Cheesecake Factory’s Thanksgiving Day Feast will take place at 13 Salvation Army locations coast to coast including Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. on Thanksgiving Day. The Cheesecake Factory will prepare and serve holiday meals to more than 6,000 low-income individuals and families who will be treated to a full-service, sit-down meal that includes freshly roasted turkey with all the trimmings and side dishes. Each meal closes with a sweet treat -- The Cheesecake Factory’s famous seasonal Pumpkin Cheesecake.

“Working with The Salvation Army to provide holiday meals for those in need is one of our favorite holiday traditions to share with our dedicated staff members,” said David Overton, Founder of The Cheesecake Factory. “We are so appreciative of our staff members for taking time away from their own families on Thanksgiving to volunteer to serve others.”

The annual Salvation Army Thanksgiving Day Feast is one of several commitments that The Cheesecake Factory has made to help end hunger in America. The Cheesecake Factory also participates in its nationwide Harvest Food Donation Program, in which surplus food from the restaurants is regularly donated to local food rescue operations for distribution to soup kitchens and shelters to aid those in need. Since the program’s inception in late 2007, The Cheesecake Factory has donated more than 2.3 million pounds of food. Additionally, The Cheesecake Factory has donated nearly $3 million to Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, through their partnership over the past five and a half years.

As additional support for Feeding America, The Cheesecake Factory staff members nationwide participated in a Peanut Butter Drive during September’s Hunger Action Month, collecting more than 128,000 pounds of peanut butter to benefit local Feeding America food banks. Peanut butter is a crucial supply for food banks, supplying a protein-filled option for school lunches and meals for families.