Traditionally, the Outreach Board manages the Island-wide Thanksgiving Basket Drive in coordination with the Bar Harbor and Westside Food Pantries, to support our neighbors who might not otherwise be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. Food is collected by area churches, schools, and banks. It is collected and sorted, and packaged in boxes and bags that have been decorated by school children. Monetary donations make it possible to purchase turkeys and hams. This project involves dozens of community volunteers. Each year, the Thanksgiving Basket project helps more than 225 families on MDI.