Thanksgiving Project

United Way’s 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Project

In Massachusetts today, 1 in 12 people goes hungry. From inflation to income instability resulting from the pandemic, too many families are forced to make difficult financial decisions daily – like the choice between feeding their children or buying medication.

Every year, United Way’s Thanksgiving Project unites the community to bring thousands of volunteers and donors together with the mission of providing more than 20,000 local families with a Thanksgiving meal. Join the movement and learn how you can get involved in the fight against food insecurity in our community.

In 2021:

  • 250,000+ pounds of food distributed
  • 20,000 families, representing 74,000+ people experiencing food insecurity received food for a week
  • $1.09M raised in support of United Way’s emergency assistance programs

This year, we’re going even bigger. With the instability brought on by Omicron and other variants, incomes are still being disrupted. But together, we’re making sure every local family can enjoy a home-cooked holiday meal with their loved ones – no matter what the future holds. Join the movement to help us raise $1.5 million for the fight against food insecurity in Massachusetts.  


Funding remains our #1 need as we strive to raise $1.5M 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.

YoPro Night 
Young Professionals! Join us for an evening of giving back as you network with your peers at our Thanksgiving Project Young Professional Night!

Leadership Donor Opportunities

  • Family Night – Grab your family for a fun evening of service packing Thanksgiving meal bags for local families!
  • Distribution Day – Join us as we distribute 20,000 meal kits throughout 25 local communities just in time for the holiday!

More information about how to volunteer will be posted here as the event approaches. Questions about one of these volunteer opportunities? Contact Dahlia Cox at