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.
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Here’s how you can get involved:
- Give Thanksgiving meals: Rally your workplace, community groups, kids’ sports teams, book clubs and more to collect using our list of pre-selected, non-perishable food items. After your group has collected your items, you’ll put together boxes by November 18. Boxes can be dropped off at the United Way office in Davidson or Robertson County on November 18 or 19, or can be picked up by volunteers on-site November 20. We’ll supply all the tools, promotional items and a How-To Guide to help you run a successful drive. Sign up here to get started.
- Volunteer on November 20: On delivery day, nearly 200 volunteers will be needed to pick up boxes from companies, groups and organizations that ran collection drives and will drop off boxes at participating Family Resource Centers and nonprofits throughout Greater Nashville. Sign up here to volunteer.
- 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 $70 provides a full Give Thanks box for a family of four. Give now here and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.
Nearly 26,000 children in our community wake up and go to bed hungry. Together, we can help relieve the burden on families this holiday season.