Pennies’ Grocery Cart Challenge at the
2021 Yankee Homecoming Parade


Sunday, August 8th, starting at noon

Be part of the Yankee Homecoming Parade on Sunday, August 8th, starting at noon, by participating in the Pennies’ Grocery Cart Challenge.

You can participate in the Grocery Cart Challenge as a spectator or as a Grocery Cart Team.

  • As a spectator, you take non-perishable food and personal care items to the Parade in order to fill the Grocery Carts as teams wheel them by. All food collected will be donated to local food pantries. Please help us pass the word to friends and neighbors along the route. To help you plan your collection efforts, here are the suggested non-perishable items to collect: chicken broth, rice and pasta side dishes (i.e., Knorr products, hearty soups (Progresso, Campbells), heat and serve meals like chili or stew, coffee, dish soap.
  • As a Grocery Cart Team, send us an email to let us know you are in. We will keep you informed about where to meet and when and related logistics. Next, design a wacky and festive “grocery cart” on wheels. Think, wagons, push or pull carts, a laundry bin on wheels, an electric golf cart with room for groceries in tow (but no gasoline-powered vehicles, please). And decorate away: words, pictures, themes, balloons, streamers, humor, …the sky is the limit!

On the day of the event, carts will become “part of the act” and flood the parade route, collecting non-perishable food along the way. Please note that participants are responsible for their health and ability to push or pull their cart (with groceries) the full parade route, and to bring necessary items like water, sunscreen, and good walking shoes, for starters. Pennies volunteers will accompany the parade and will help offload your donations to the truck for distribution.

Teams are encouraged to collect non-perishables in advance of the parade and off load to the truck before starting on the route. Spectators will bring non-perishables to add to the carts and the truck will follow slowly to collect the overflow.

At the end of the parade route, Pennies’ judges will declare one Grocery Cart Team the “2021 Grocery Cart Champions” based on cart design creativity and team hustle to fill the cart along the parade route. So bring your game!

2019 Yankee Homecoming Parade:


Pennies’ Grocery Cart Challenge Winner

The Team from Salisbury Elementary PTA are the 2019 grocery cart champions. They really hustled and looked terrific as they marched in Pennies’ Grocery Cart Challenge in 2019. Together with the 8 other decked-out grocery cart teams, they collected over 2500 pounds of food that was distributed to local food pantries.  Thank you to the teams and the generous donations of spectators!

We had a beautiful day for the inaugural grocery cart challenge and, thanks to the use of Nourishing the North Shore’s van, we had room to transport all the food donated by Parade spectators and contributors to the food drives that teams conducted in advance. Start planning your entry for next year. This is loads of fun.