Be a SoCo Hunger Hero this Thanksgiving

Be a Hunger Hero this Thanksgiving

Each year, the United Way of Greater New Bedford hosts their Hunger Heroes Project just in time for Thanksgiving. 2021 marks the 29th year in a row for the Hunger Heroes Project and their goal is to raise enough food to create 1,000 Thanksgiving Day baskets. Our friends at ProGroup and The Richard A. Perry Memorial Foundation are hoping to collect enough food at their office to fill their box truck to bring to the Hunger Heroes Food Drop at Buttonwood Park on Saturday, November 13th from 10am – 12pm. They will be collecting the following items inside their office until Thursday, 11/12 at 1193 Ashley Boulevard, Rear Building, New Bedford, MA, Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm. Just walk right in and drop off your items at the box on the front counter!

Looking to shop & drop-off? Here’s your grocery list!

  • Canned Whole Kernel Corn
  • Canned Cut Green Beans
  • Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • Corn Muffin or Bread Mix
  • Stuffing Mix for Turkey
  • Turkey Gravy (Packets or Cans, NO Glass)
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes

On Saturday, November 20, 2021, volunteers across the South Coast will gather at Keith Middle School to package the food collected from the November 13th Food Drop, to create 1,000 Thanksgiving meal packages for families in need. While there may be interest from the public to help package these meals, they are currently filled for volunteer spots – how awesome!? Packaged meals are distributed through by the Hunger Commission to local partners throughout Greater New Bedford. Learn more about Hunger Heroes, Here!

Evert packaged meal will include: canned vegetables, stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, cornbread mix, cranberry sauce, gravy. In addition, Hunger Heroes will also be adding a pie to each meal, donated by Table Talk Pies and a fresh butternut squash grown at the Sharing the Harvest Farm at YMCA Southcoast Dartmouth. Meals will be packaged in roasting tin, donated by Big Value.

Not able to shop and drop off?

The United Way of Greater New Bedford has made it easy to purchase items virtually to be sent to their office using the following online wishlists:


Donations are also accepted and encouraged! Any amount helps and will allow United Way to purchase any items they need additional quantities of for the packaging date on the 20th. You can click HERE to make a donation!

  • A $5 donation buys 7 boxes of corn bread mix
  • A $10 donation buys 7 packages of instant mashed potatoes or 7 cans of cranberry sauce
  • A $15 donation buys 8 boxes of stuffing
  • A $20 donation buys 14 cans of vegetables
  • A $25 donation buys 14 cans of gravy
  • A $30 donation buys 1 complete meal including a turkey


Here are all of the other available food drive hosts sites that are accepting donations until 11/12. Thank you for your generosity!

Acushnet Company
Anne Whiting Real Estate
Autumn Glen
B.Balanced Fitness
Black Tie Cookies
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Century 21
CliftonLarson Allen
Coastal New England Federal Credit Union
Community Boating Center
Community Nurse & Hospice
Community Nurse & Hospice
Cornell Dubilier Electronics
Fairhaven High SchoolGlobal Learning Charter Public School
Milestone Mortgage
Morgan Advanced
Neto Insurance
New Bedford Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
Premier Foods
Residence Inn Dartmouth
Reynolds DeWalt
Southcoast Health
Swift Elementary School
Sylvia Group
Tabor Academy
Total Fitness
Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living