Thanksgiving Project

You can help feed 15,000 families this Thanksgiving!


Food insecurity in Massachusetts doubled during COVID-19, with more than 1 million households across the state struggling to put food on the table during the peak of the pandemic. Thanks to our amazing community, last year we blew past our goal – reaching 23,500 families throughout our footprint with a week’s worth of groceries during the depths of the shutdown. 

In 2020: 

  • 25,000+ pounds of food distributed 
  • 15,000 gift cards distributed 
  • 94,000+ people experiencing food insecurity received food for a week 
  • $550,000 raised in support of United Way’s emergency assistance programs  

This year, we’re going even bigger. While we’re on the road to recovery, we have a long way to go and too many families are still unable to make ends meet. With your support, we’re making sure everyone in our community 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 million for the fight against food insecurity in Massachusetts. 


Get Involved

  • Donate | Funding remains our #1 need as we strive to raise $1 million for the fight against food insecurity in Massachusetts.
  • YoPro Night | Looking for new and exciting ways to engage your employees? Join United Way for our Thanksgiving Project Young Professional Night! Register here.
  • Family Night | Grab your family for a fun evening of service packing Thanksgiving meal bags for local families! Register now.
  • Distribution Day | Join us in as we distribute 15,000 meal kits throughout 20 local communities just in time for the holiday! Sign up.
  • Stay tuned for more to come!



  • 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.