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.
Goals for 2014
Our goal is to raise $100,000 to support the Boston Bounty Bucks program and 50,000 pounds of food for low income families in Boston. In 2013, Bostonians shared over $53,000 to help make healthy foods more affordable and donated over 50,000 pounds of food for local families.
Boston CANshare is an annual food drive sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives. Our sponsors and partners include: b.good, Ben & Jerry’s, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, BNY Mellon, Boston Private Bank & Trust Co., Boston Public Schools, Eastern Bank, Fed Ex, Greater Boston Food Bank, JCDecaux, MBTA, NSTAR Foundation, Project Bread, Romanow Container, Shamrock Foundation, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Tasty Burger, Tufts Medical Center and the YMCA of Greater Boston.