United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Posted on November 19, 2016

Thanksgiving Project Provides 6,500 Local Families with Turkey and Fixings for Holiday Meal

Volunteers distribute 200,000 pounds of food in 11 local communities at United Way partner agencies

United Way joined Catholic Charities and partner agencies in 11 different communities across the region today to distribute 6,500 packages of Thanksgiving groceries, including turkey and the fixings, to families in the Greater Boston area.  The meals are meant to not only provide the fixings for a celebratory meal, but also help struggling families get through the week without having to stretch their food budget.

More than 500 volunteers spent this week helping to organize and pack over 200,000 pounds of food into the 6,500 Thanksgiving meal packages. 

The Thanksgiving Project meals are being distributed today in Chelsea, Lawrence, Lynn, Somerville, Lowell, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, the South End and South Boston. In addition to Catholic Charities, United Way is partnering with Lawrence CommunityWorks, Lynn Housing Authority, The Neighborhood Developers, Weymouth Food Pantry, Randolph Public Schools and Interfaith Social Services on the Thanksgiving Project.

Since the Thanksgiving Project began, United Way volunteers and partners have come together to provide over 37,000 Thanksgiving meal packages to families in need in our community.

The Thanksgiving Project this year is made possible by support from Mass Convention Center Authority, who donated the space, Stop & Shop, UPS, Putnam, DDJ Capital Management, Federal Home Loan Bank and Falcon Investment Advisors.