What better comfort food to celebrate in the depths of winter than a warm bowl of soup! We are thrilled to highlight a long standing partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)

Kettle Cuisine has been a partner of GBFB since the year 2000 donating over 713,000 meals. We began working with them at their previous facility in Chelsea, MA. When they moved to their beautiful new facility in Lynn, MA to accommodate their expanding business they found additional ways of supporting GBFB through our direct distribution programs. In October they kicked off their monthly sponsorship of the School-based Pantry at the Connery School in Lynn by having children and their parents sample a selection of Kettle Cuisine soups including Italian Wedding, Chicken Noodle and Loaded Potato soup.   Kettle Cuisine has committed to supplying a monthly donation of soup for the 275 children and their families that pantry serves monthly. In addition Kettle Cuisine employees volunteered at the Lynn Senior Brown Bag distribution providing 650 at risk elders with limited resources a pint of nutritious Tomato with Garden Vegetable soup to supplement the regular monthly distribution at Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLYSS). Read More »

On Saturday, January 17, over 70 8th grade students from around Massachusetts volunteered at The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) sorting donated snack and breakfast items and packing brown bags for seniors. This volunteer day was part of Project 351, an annual service day event started by Governor Deval Patrick, and newly-elected Governor Charlie Baker has continued the tradition. More than 400 eighth graders representing every city and town in the Commonwealth united in Boston to serve, develop leadership skills, and discuss issues critical to young people and their communities. During the day of service, the 8th grade Ambassadors impacted the lives of more than 8,000 citizens, gained confidence and capabilities, forged friendships with peers from diverse backgrounds, and committed to build the ethic of service in their communities.

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Catherine’s Message

Dear friends,

As we enter the New Year, Team GBFB is reflecting on the successes and challenges of 2014. The year was especially challenging for the one in nine residents of eastern Massachusetts who struggled to have enough to eat. However, thanks to you, we made a difference in the lives of more than 500,000 by providing access to healthy food.

Some of the great things GBFB accomplished with your help in 2014 include:

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WAAF ‘Rock for Change’ Annual Fundraiser! | The Greater Boston food Bank

For the last 22 years, WAAF dedicates three whole days of radio air time to fundraise for The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the Worcester County Food Bank and the New Hampshire Food Bank. During those three days the radio station and GBFB volunteers manned the phones and took song requests in exchange for donations. Listeners could “pay to play”, with song requests starting at $50. More obscure songs went for several hundred dollars. Listeners were also encouraged to Text ‘WAAF’ to 20222 to donate $10 or visit GBFB.org/waaf to make an online donation. Read More »

This past September, GBFB Team member, Matt Gray, was honored to be inducted into a new editorial series in The Griffin Report of Food Marketing called “40 Under 40.” This list includes the top 40 rising leaders in the grocery industry under 40 yrs. old. We are thrilled for Matt for receiving this recognition and proud to have him on Team GBFB.

Matt Gray: The Griffin Report of Food Marketing Title: Food Acquisition Manager

Years with Company: 3 years

Education, professional associations, Volunteer group affiliations: B.A. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University, and a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Montana

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career development? I’ve been fortunate to have had many mentors over the years that taught me much about the food industry and food banking. Nicole Englert and Pam Clevenger at the Good Food Store in Missoula, Montana, taught me all about the retail grocery world, specifically natural and organic foods, and the importance of building strong vendor relationships. Read More »