days of action

give thanks
Each fall through our Give Thanks Day of Action, we provide meals for families who need it most in our community. Throughout the month of October and early November, participating companies, groups and organizations can collect supplies and assemble Give Thanks boxes filled with all the food needed for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, along with supplemental food to feed a family through the holiday weekend.

Why It’s Important

The holidays are an expensive time for many in our community. Thanksgiving is centered around food and celebrating and can be especially difficult for families and individuals whose food budgets are already limited. The average family of four enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—receives $465 a month for food, which breaks down to $5.16 per meal. The average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is roughly $60. That’s 12 times the amount a family has to spend on a single meal.

Here’s How You Can Help

Give Thanksgiving meals. Rally your workplace, community groups, kids’ sports teams, book clubs and more to collect items using our list of pre-selected, non-perishable foods.

Donate directly to the drive. You don’t have to run a collection drive or create your own box to provide a holiday meal for a family in need. A donation of $75 provides a full Give Thanks box for a family of four. Donate and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

Become a Days of Action sponsor. Build your brand while supporting the work of United Way through sponsorship. Sponsors will receive recognition and benefits for all three Day of Action events throughout the year.

For more information or questions, email our team


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