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We all CANshare!

January 4, 2017

BCYF is supporting the Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives' CANshare to benefit Bounty Bucks.

This is the 30th year of the City of Boston’s CANshare and, for the first time ever, no cans are involved! This year, The Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives is collecting monetary contributions for the Boston Bounty Bucks Program. The program gives Boston SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) users access to healthy, local food at City farmers markets.

People who receive SNAP benefits can use Boston Bounty Bucks at participating Boston farmers markets. SNAP recipients can match up to $10 per day at these markets. To use Bounty Bucks, shoppers just need to visit the market manager and swipe their EBT card for the amount they would like to double.

BCYF has always been a big supporter of CANshare. In the past, we have served as collection locations for cans. This year, we have decided to join with our Foundation and raise $1,000 for CANshare. There are a few days left to support our efforts by giving through our Give Gab link:

Donate through Give Gab

In addition to the Give Gab campaign, there are many creative ways BCYF is fundraising for CANShare:

  • We had a Jeans Mondays where a $25 donation allowed employees to wear jeans to work on Mondays in November and December.
  • The BCYF Youth Advisory Committee members planned a Basketball Tournament over the December school break. All funds raised went to CANshare. Between the tournament registration and the concession sales, the youth raised just over $300.