We're back at it again for the 25th year in a row! Formerly 'Cans Across the Park,' this food drive has been held every year at Buttonwood Park, and has continuously helped United Way of Greater New Bedford stock area food pantries for the holidays.

In previous years, the community has dropped off food by the truckloads and we hope to get even more this year. Just stop by 1 Oneida Street, New Bedford to drop off your items and we will take it from there!

Volunteers will sort through the donations right on site. Our goal is to raise enough food to create 1,000 Thanksgiving Day baskets, each inclusive of 2 vegetables, potatoes or rice, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and breakfast items.

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Date: Friday, 11/10/17

Location: Buttonwood Park, 1 Oneida Street, New Bedford

Acceptable Items: non-perishables and canned goods including:

  • Beans
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Cornbread Mix
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Dessert Mixes
  • Gravy
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Pancake Mix & Syrup
  • Stuffing

If you are a school or local organization who wants to get involved, we'd love to hear from you! Your collection can help jump-start our food drive and make collection day a huge success!

Let us know if you'll be donating on that day! Click HERE to join the Facebook event.

Operation: Food Drop is made possible through the help of our community sponsors, including New Bedford Credit Union, Quahog Republic Whaler's Tavern & Quahog Republic Captain's Den, Bay State Windows & Door, Blount Soup and Clam Shack, and Glaser Glass. All collected items will benefit United Way of Greater New Bedford.