About bostonCANshare

"The Mayor really wants to pump up the volume on this campaign - re-invigorate it and get people involved on all levels. And I think this could be exciting and fun." - Edith Murnane, Director of Food Initiatives.

bostonCANshare 2013

City departments, corporate and community partners, the Boston Public Schools and other city agencies make a direct contribution to hunger relief in our city. Each participating company or organization has a coordinator who promotes the food drive. bostonCANshare provides promotional materials - posters and brochures - along 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. The food is distributed to over 90 food pantries in Boston as well as area shelters and soup kitchens.

This year's bostonCANshare drive will run from Monday, October 21 through Friday, December 6. It is important to end hunger and promote healthy eating. Our goal is to make Boston the healthiest city in the US. We recognize that for every Boston resident to live a healthy lifestyle, we must start by eradicating hunger and increasing access to healthy food.

Mayor's Fresh Food Fund

During these hard economic times, it is refreshing to know that city residents are still able to access healthy, local farm products. The Mayor's Fresh Food Fund supports Boston Bounty Bucks and other food and hunger initiatives in the City.

Donations can be made out to:

c/o Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives
1 City Hall Plaza, Room 603
Boston, MA 02201

Boston Bounty Bucks

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Launched in 2007 in collaboration with The Food Project, The Boston Bounty Bucks Program--with the help of the Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness--is able to provide more families with access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm fresh products. Now more than 82,000 Boston residents participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and can use their benefits at over 20 participating farmers' markets. Purchases made with SNAP benefits are matched up to $10. In other words, SNAP users can get their food at 50% off up to $20 at farmers' markets.

Between 2007 and 2010, the number of Boston farmers' markets that accept SNAP and participate in the Boston Bounty Bucks program increased from 1 to 21. We hope that all farmers' markets in Boston will join them soon.

The Greater Boston Food Bank

Greater Boston Food Bank Logo (150)47% of people in Eastern Massachusetts at risk of going hungry earn too much to qualify for government assistance. Faced with food and housing costs higher than the national average in our area, and with many un- and underemployed, these families are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.

The Greater Boston Food Bank's response to the growing number of people at risk of hunger in our communities is a commitment to increase food distribution from 35 million pounds this year to 38.4 million pounds by 2013.  That's enough to provide approximately 29.6 million meals - or the equivalent of one meal a day - to those at risk of hunger.