United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Thanksgiving Project


Sometimes a fresh meal and a friendly smile can be the difference between hope and hopelessness

United Way’s Thanksgiving Project has expanded exponentially over the years to meet the high demand in our communities, growing from serving 1,000 families in 2009 to 5,500 in 2014. As food costs continue to rise and the demand for assistance remains high, local corporations and volunteers have continued to step forward to donate food, funding, and their own time to help feed more families.

From Stop & Shop donating pallets of food to UPS helping transport it all to volunteers spending the weekend packing the bags–it adds up to more than 150,000 pounds of food given to 25,000 people who need it the most.

In addition to corporate support, more than 500 local volunteers generously donate their time, packaging the food into 5,500 individual Thanksgiving grocery bags at Hynes Convention Center, in space donated by Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

The event brings together several regional nonprofits including Catholic Charities, Interfaith Social Services, Lynn Housing Authority, Randolph High School, Lawrence Community Works, and Weymouth Food Pantry, serving 10 different communities.