Thanksgiving Project

Food insecurity in Massachusetts has doubled during COVID-19 with more than 1 million households across the state struggling to put food on the table. With the ongoing crisis, evictions rising and unemployment rates as high as 30% in hard-hit cities, many families are unable to make ends meet. This year, United Way’s 21st Annual Thanksgiving Project Distribution Day served 4,000 more families than in 2019 plus an additional 8,500 families through our support of local food pantries. Thanks to your generosity, we flew past our goal of feeding 15,000 families for the week and reached more than 23,400! Thank you!


Get Involved NEXT YEAR

  • Sponsor a family’s meal by donating directly to the project. As food costs continue to rise and supply chains are disrupted, funding remains our most critical need.
  • Hosting a virtual meal with friends? Make it a Gather, Gobble, Give and raise money together to feed as many families as you can.  
  • Join the movement by following @unitedwaymabay on social media and help spread the word!

The 2020 Version

In light of the MA Governor’s Executive Order, and the steady, upward trend in positive cases, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel all United Way-led in-person events. However, we remained staunchly committed to the mission of the Thanksgiving Project and provided more families than ever with food for the holiday week!

Huge thanks to everyone who contributed and made this year’s Project a success despite the challenges!

  • 627 Supporters
  • 23 Towns
  • 40 Community Agencies
  • 25,000 Pounds of Food
  • 15,000 Gift Cards
  • $550,000 Dollars Raised
  • 23,500 Families Reached



  • Since 2009, the Thanksgiving Project has grown to support over 20,000 families each year! 
  • Combined with the pallets of food provided by Wegmans, it all adds up to more than 200,000 pounds of food.
  • The week before Thanksgiving, over 1,400 volunteers put their muscles to work by packaging food into individual Thanksgiving grocery bags and loading them onto UPS trucks for delivery.
  • Distribution takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving in 23 different communities through United Way’s partners, including regional nonprofits like Catholic Charities, Interfaith Social Services, the Lynn Housing Authority, the Weymouth Food Pantry, Lawrence Community Works, and more.


To learn more and get involved next year, please contact Dahlia Cox at or 617-624-8032.