days of action

give thanks

We’re providing meals for families who need it most. Give Thanks is a great opportunity to raise awareness, build community and bring volunteerism to your workplace, organization or social group.

Why It’s Important

The holidays are an expensive time for many in our community 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 holiday 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

Run a collection drive or create a box. Rally your workplace, community groups, kids’ sports teams, book clubs and more to collect items using our list of pre-selected, non-perishable foods. Let us know you’re participating by signing up here.

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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Looking to Volunteer in the Community?

United Way of Greater Nashville, through a partnership with Hands On Nashville, offers hundreds of opportunities each month for anyone looking to get involved. 

United Way partners with more than 100 agencies to make this all possible.

Learn more about our Partner Agencies on the ground.

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