Works With Neighborhood Network Center And MSP For Second Annual Event


For the second year in a row, the State Police Association of Massachusetts is providing full turkey dinners to families in Boston for Thanksgiving.  Working in conjunction with the Neighborhood Network Center, Inc. of Boston and the Massachusetts State Police, volunteers will be distributing the meals to 150 eligible families in the Grove Hall section of Boston.  In addition to turkeys, the 25 lb. boxes contain fruits, vegetables, and other staples.

In accordance with strict COVID-19 protocols, all boxes will be pre-packaged and pickup appointments will be staggered with drivers remaining in their cars.  Volunteers will be screened for signs of illness and be masked throughout the process. 


Monday, November 23, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (Setup)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Distribution)


  • State Police Association of Massachusetts Executive Board
  • SPAM Director of Community Engagement Cathy Draine
  • UHM Properties/NMC Tax Resident Services Co-Director Myra Leich
  • Massachusetts State Police Command Staff and other volunteers


Neighborhood Network Center
434 Warren Street
Dorchester, MA

On Monday November 23rd, the State Police Association of Massachusetts and MA State Police in partnership with the Neighborhood Network Center, Inc. will distribute turkeys with a 25lb box of fruits, vegetables, and other staples to 150 families living in the Grove Hall Corridor of Boston. This is the second year the troopers have co-sponsored this event. Trooper Dale Jenkins has secured the turkeys. Cathy Draine has purchased the additional food items and the bags for the turkeys. Trooper Christopher Donahue and Cathy Draine have discussed the logistical details to ensure health and safety protocols are in place for the event.

  • Cathy Draine, SPAM Director of Community Engagement/PAC
    Cell: 857.424.8419
  • Mayra Leith, UHM Properties/NNC Resident Services Co-Director
    Office: 617.541.5510 ext. 204

Street parking is available as well as a small parking lot behind the Neighborhood Network Center.

  • Temperature checks and screening of all volunteers upon entering the building.
  • Automatic hand sanitizer near the front entrance. Bottled sanitizer near high touch areas for use.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Windows open for cross ventilation.
  • Low contact with community members. All food items will be prepackaged during set up.
  • Community members to receive the bags have already been identified and have reserved a time slot to pick up their food.

Media: Media consent forms will be completed before the event. Photos, video, and live streaming will be allowed.