The 28th annual Boston CANshare will provide food and raise funds to support programs that enable low income people in the city to have access to healthy food. CANshare began in 1986 as a can drive to restock food pantries after the Thanksgiving rush and now also encompasses a fundraiser for Boston Bounty Bucks. This campaign helps to fight hunger and increase access to healthy food in Boston, so every Boston resident can live a healthy lifestyle.
Boston Bounty Bucks
This innovative program enables SNAP (formerly food stamp) beneficiaries to double the value of their benefits at Boston farmers markets, helping low income people to afford healthy, local food. 90% of people who participate in a Double Value Coupon Program, such as Boston Bounty Bucks, reported increasing or greatly increasing their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Boston Bounty Bucks program, which began in 2007, was one of the first farmers market incentive programs in the country; participation in the program has increased 74-fold since the pilot year.
The Can Drive
The Boston CANshare campaign helps replenish food pantry, soup kitchens and area shelters during the high-demand holiday season. The food collected during the Boston CANshare is delivered to the Greater Boston Food Bank. The food is then distributed to over 90 emergency food locations.
Many Boston City departments and agencies, local businesses and community partners collect food throughout the campaign. A coordinator at each participating company or organization promotes the food drive. The Boston CANshare provides promotional materials, including posters and brochures, with boxes that are used to collect donations. Throughout the food drive, FedEx picks up the donations from each location for delivery to The Greater Boston Food Bank.
2014 campaign a success
Thank you to everyone who participated to make the 2014 bostonCANshare Campaign a success. The campaign raised $61,000 for the Boston Bounty Bucks program. This will help low income people double the value of their SNAP benefits when they shop at Boston Farmers Markets. Almost 150 sites throughout Boston collected food for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Collectively we raised 50,000 pounds of food to help our food insecure neighbors.
The support for partners and sponsors were central to the success of bostonCANshare 2014. FedEx collected donated food from sites around the city and delivered it to the Greater Boston Food Bank, which helps distribute food to food insecure Bostonians.
Almost 150 businesses and organizations around the city collected food for the can drive including: YMCA of Greater Boston locations; Shaw’s and Star Market supermarkets; Boston Centers for Youth & Families locations; Boston Public Schools; and Boston Public Libraries. Many local businesses and area universities also participated. In addition, Boston city government departments fundraised over $30,000 for Boston Bounty Bucks and over 800 pounds of food.
We are also grateful for the many generous donations for the Boston Bounty Bucks program. Donors include: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, BNY Mellon, Boston Private Bank & Trust Co, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, McGladrey Boston Foundation, New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc, New England Baptist Hospital, Partners Healthcare, and Tufts Medical Center.
Donating to bostonCANshare
Donations to support the Boston Bounty Bucks will enable the program to help more low income people buy healthy food at farmers markets.
Checks can be made out to:
- Boston CANshare
c/o Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives
City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02201
Online donations can be made through our online donation center:
Choose bostonCANshare from the right - hand menu after clicking on the Donate Button.
Participating in bostonCANshare in 2015
bostonCANshare 2015 will run from October through December 2015. If you would like to organize a collection site at your business or other location to raise money or collect non perishable food, please email us at bostoncanshare.cityofboston.gov in September 2015 for more details.