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Thanksgiving Project

Help us give 150 needy families a Thanksgiving this year.

The woman was tired. She had just given birth to her third child a few weeks ago, there wasn’t enough food in the house and she had nearly exhausted all the local pantries. But here, now, on a crisp November day in Dorchester at United Way’s annual Thanksgiving distribution, she found a lifeline. As she took the bag from the volunteer--a bag bursting with enough food to feed a family for a week--she remarked: “I am just so grateful. This is coming at the right time for us.”

For just $40 you can give a family a gift that is more than food, more than a meal, even more than a kind action on a cold day. You can give hope. Last year, over 5,000 families from 10 communities received bags filled with turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce mix, vegetables and other non-perishables.

Nearly 500 volunteers joined together to fill the bags and distribute food. Over 20,000 people were reached and over 150,000 pounds of food was given to those who need it most.Last year, with your help, we fed over 5,000 struggling families. This year, we hope to help over 5,500! 

Please join with your family, friends or co-workers to support The Thanksgiving Project, the largest collective initiative of its kind in the Greater Boston area. Together, we’ll celebrate the true spirit of the season by giving and volunteering to help our neighbors in need.

Give today!

Three ways to help!

Donate money
Just $40 will feed a family of three or more. Combined purchasing also allows us to feed more families by taking advantage of quantity discounts. Please donate online or check out our Crowdrise page and share the movement with your friends!

Run a food drive
Get your workplace involved! We're looking for $15-$20 grocery gift cards, stuffing, canned green beans, canned corn, cranberry sauce, gravy mix, cornbread mix, potatoes, onions, and aluminum roasting trays.

After donating, individuals, families and groups can help pre-pack Thanksgiving care packages during the week before Thanksgiving and distribute them on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Volunteer sites include Dorchester, Lynn, the South End, the South Shore and Merrimack Valley.

For information about volunteering email Meghan Estrada at mestrada@supportunitedway.org or Lanitao Tolentino at ltolentino@supportunitedway.org.