This annual campaign helps to support low income residents in Boston access food throughout the year and brings awareness to hunger in Boston.

2014 Boston Can Share Logo (440)

About bostonCANshare

BostonCANshare 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.

The 2014 bostonCANshare campaign was a success, raising almost $100,000 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.

Program Information

bostonCANshare runs from October through December. Individuals, organizations and businesses throughout Boston can participate in various ways in bostonCANshare. 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 in September for more details.


Click here more information about how to participate in bostonCANshare


In 2014, 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.


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; BNY Mellon; Boston Private Bank & Trust Co; Boston Children's Hospital; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; McGladrey Boston Foundation; New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc; New England Baptist Hospital; Partners Healthcare; Tufts Medical Center


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