Thanksgiving Project

United Way’s 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Project

For 23 years, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley has provided Thanksgiving essentials to families across our region, to make sure they’re able to enjoy a home-cooked holiday meal with their loved ones.

Last year, working with 48 community agencies and nearly 1,000 volunteers, we distributed 250,000+ pounds of food across 32 different distribution sites, serving 20,000 families representing more than 74,000 individuals.


This year’s event is more important than ever.  Prior to the pandemic, more than 8% of households in Massachusetts experienced food insecurity. Families continue to face economic challenges due to the pandemic and are now grappling with the highest inflation in 40 years. Currently, nearly 1 in 5 households struggles to put food on the table.

Your support will help ensure families have all the food they need for the week of Thanksgiving.


Funding remains our #1 need as we strive to raise $1.2M for the fight against food insecurity in Massachusetts.


Private Equity / Venture Capital Industry Night 
Join the PE/VC Industry and guests for an evening of networking and hands-on volunteering.  Learn More.

Young Professionals Night, presented by United Way’s Emerging Leaders

Thursday, November 17, 2022
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Young Professionals! Join over 300 of your peers for an evening of giving back. Network with other young professionals in Greater Boston while packing grocery bags that will directly impact Thanksgiving dinner for 20,000 families across our region. To learn more about becoming a sponsor or how to become involved with this event, please contact the United Way Engagement Team at

Leadership Donor Opportunities

  • Family Night – Grab your family for a fun evening of service packing Thanksgiving meal bags for local families! To learn more, contact Brigid Quinn at
  • Distribution Day – Join us as we distribute 20,000 meal kits throughout 25 local communities just in time for the holiday!  Further details about how to volunteer for this opportunity will be shared as the event gets closer.

More information about how to volunteer will be posted here as the event approaches. Questions about one of these volunteer opportunities or about Thanksgiving Project? Contact the Volunteer Engagement Team at