Welcome to the 20th year of the Thanksgiving Project.

I created the Thanksgiving Project in 2003. It started with the idea that people who are working hard to make a better life for their families need more support at Thanksgiving. The way that I measure success is both by the number of families fed and the satisfaction that people like you get from being involved in this project. My goal is to provide you with an opportunity to make a difference and at the same time make it as easy as possible for you.

The bulk of the recipients of the Thanksgiving Project are participants in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a five-year program designed to help people get the education, training and life skills needed to become more self-sufficient. I worked with Family Self-Sufficiency for 2 1/2 years. I know first hand how hard the families work to make their lives better for their families. In 2020, we all started to support the Detroit Friendship House. They serve one of the poorest communities in the United States. For the past two years, we've been able to send around $3,000 to their community! Let's keep sharing the love (and money)!

This year, I also hope to support students at The University of Colorado at Boulder who experience food insecurity. Please read about this important topic here on the site. We hope to support them through grocery store gift cards that can be given to students and staff who are in need. Food banks are increasingly becoming more common on campus. When we think about equity in education, we also need to think about food!

If you would like to be a donor, click 'Sign Up' and I will match you with a family that is participating in FSS and will provide you with the ages of the children in the family so that you can buy age appropriate food. Generally we are able to provide food for every family in the program, over 145 families! If you'd like to support the Detroit Friendship House, click here. If you'd like to contribute a grocery store gift card to the campus community, you can use the sign up or email me directly.

Please read the FAQ's to answer any questions you might have. If you still have questions, please contact me for more information. And as usual, sharing is caring so please share with everyone you know.


Cheri Felix