Volunteers to distribute 5,500 meals in 10 local communities at United Way partner agencies
United Way will join Catholic Charities and partner agencies across the region Saturday morning to distribute 5,500 packages of Thanksgiving groceries, including turkey and the fixings, to families in the Greater Boston area. In Lynn, 850 families will pick up meal packages at Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development, 10 Church Street, on Saturday morning.
The meals are meant to not only provide the fixings for a celebratory meal, but help struggling families get through the week without having to stretch their food budget. More than 500 volunteers have spent the week leading up to Saturday helping to organize and pack over 150,000 pounds of food into the 5,500 packages.
The largest collective initiative of its kind in the Greater Boston area, the Thanksgiving Project has expanded exponentially over the last 5 years, growing from serving 1,000 families in 2009 to 5,500 this holiday. The cost of a Thanksgiving meal for one family is $40 this year.
The Thanksgiving Project this year is made possible by support from Mass Convention Center Authority, who donated the space at Hynes; Stop & Shop; and UPS.
See also – A resource for free Thanksgiving meals