Holiday Meal Drive Update: You’re Never Too Young to End Hunger Here | The Greater Boston Food Bank

When Tonya McKee tuned to the nightly news while preparing dinner with Jack, her three-year-old son, she didn’t anticipate it would lead to her son becoming the youngest Holiday Meal Drive participant in The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) history. McKee and Jack watched as members in their Needham community lined up to donate food at the local pantry. While watching the news cast Jack inquired why their neighbors were lining up with cans of beans and tuna in their hands. Tonya explained that, while Jack and their family had plenty to eat, people all over the community—including children and their mothers—did not have enough food to keep them full and nourished. She told Jack about how their neighbors and friends help by donating to GBFB. With simplicity, Jack declared they should join the effort.

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There is no doubt that Boston is a sports town and The Greater Boston Food Bank is Boston team’s #1 fan. We are so thankful to live in a place where our sport’s teams are not only winners, but also give back to their community.

Here’s a look back at some recent events we have held with the city’s top teams, and their contribution to End Hunger Here:

Celtics Thanksgiving Distribution

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Thanksgiving at GBFB!

Thanksgiving at GBFB! | The Greater Boston Food Bank

Since the very first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth in 1621 (one of the 190 cities and towns in our own service area),The Greater Boston Food Bank prides itself in providing nutritious food and holiday meals to those in need in the Commonwealth during this holiday season. Almost 400 years later, Thanksgiving is still a time when  we as a nation stop, reflect and give thanks for all that we have throughout the year. GBFB has a lot to be thankful for this year. Thanks to the support of donors, partners, and volunteers, we are proud to have distributed over 51 million pounds this past year to our network of over 550 member agencies in 190 cities in towns in eastern Massachusetts. That’s enough for 42,000,000 healthy meals. Over 87,000 turkeys will pass through our warehouse this holiday season as we work to ensure individuals and families in need can enjoy the tradition of a holiday meal. Also, through our efforts of our Holiday Meal Drive, we will provide at least 500,000 healthy holiday meals. There’s still time to join the Holiday Meal Drive, just $20 provides 5 holiday meals to make the season brighter for those in need.

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"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." –William Mitchell Kendall of the firm of McKim, Mead & White Architects who designed the New York General Post Office

As the wind, rain and frigid cold swept me through the front door of the Boston Children’s Museum, I immediately took solace in the warmth that greeted me inside. On Monday, November 17th Boston Magazine held its 5th annual Taste event, and on this special evening the museum was transformed into an oasis of tasty heavenly bites of food and crisp cold beverages. Over 23 Boston-area restaurants and chefs were spread out over two-floors and were hard at work creating samplings for the over 800 guests busting through the doors.

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Chain of Giving 2014

Chain of Giving 2014 | The Greater Boston Food Bank

On Thursday, November 13, GBFB welcomed over 150 friends at its Yawkey Distribution Center for the 9th Annual Chain of Giving. This yearly event is considered the kick-off to the holiday season and brings the GBFB community together to unload the first of many truckloads of turkeys, passing them down a human "chain" and into the freezer. During the holiday season 87,000 turkeys will pass through GBFB, and together with our Annual Holiday Meal Drive, GBFB will provide over 500,000 healthy holiday meals including all of the fixings to families in need.

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