Every morning, The Greater Boston Food Bank  (GBFB) opens their doors at 8:00 AM in anticipation of distributing approximately 955,000 pounds of food each month and the arrival of team members who help accomplish this. There is a special subset of workers though; a group of people that dedicate their time and energy for no material compensation. They are GBFB volunteers, who number in the hundreds week after week and are the lifeblood of our organization. They spend their time in the loading docks and sorting areas, volunteering a few hours of their day to ensure that those in need in their community have the food they need. Our volunteers come from all walks of life; students, corporate volunteers, and even former food pantry recipients come together with a common goal, to help End Hunger Here. Without fail, there is one organization that GBFB is pleased to see come through our doors every single week. Can you guess how many employees and hours Vecna has volunteered the past year?

Strike Out Hunger Today! | The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is fortunate to partner with so many great local companies, and we want to recognize one organization that has shown extraordinary commitment to our mission to End Hunger Here in eastern Massachusetts – BNY Mellon. The firm has been supporting GBFB since its founding in 1981 by donating the critical three:  time, money, and food. Although BNY Mellon has been supporting GBFB for as long as we can remember, their commitment over the last year is particularly notable.

See how many meals BNY Mellon has provided to those in need!

Strike Out Hunger Today!

Strike Out Hunger Today! | The Greater Boston Food Bank

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
donate some money to the FOOD BANK,
because it’s the gift that always gives back!
Let me root, root, root for the RED SOX,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame!
For it’s ONE, TWO, THREE strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game!!

Over the past two decades, the Red Sox Wives and fans have raised nearly $290,000 to help The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) End Hunger Here. The 2013 event raised enough to provide 45,081 meals to those in need across eastern Massachusetts and GBFB is grateful for this continued support. This year, our goal is to raise enough to provide 60,000 meals!

Read more: Can you guess which Red Sox Wives volunteered at GBFB?

The 4th of July is approaching with its’ patriotic parades, fireworks, and festive cookouts! July is National Grilling Month and firing up the grill is a must on Independence Day. Rather than turning to our trustworthy hamburger and hotdog staples, think about mixing it up this year!  The Greater Boston Food Bank is committed to providing healthy and nutritious meals to those in need, and last year over 25% of our distribution was fresh produce. That’s a lot of fruits and vegetables! With so many wonderful fruits and vegetables in season, it seems a shame not to experiment with them on the grill.  The GBFB Nutrition team has plenty of recipes and outdoor food safety tips in our Nutritious Bytes Newsletter, and we’re featuring a few from our archives here for your holiday meal.

We think everyone would agree that vegetables are more fun when served on a stick! So, try our vegetable kebab recipe as a healthy alternative to the traditional pasta or potato salad sides. And since nothing says summer like a fresh fruit, for dessert, try grilling peaches, with a side of good ‘ole vanilla ice cream. Check out our recipes below! Also, be sure to visit Click ‘N Cook, where you can search for recipes by ingredient.

Happy 4th of July from Team GBFB!

Read more: Delicious recipes for your summer BBQ!

Running to End Hunger Here | The Greater Boston Food Bank

On Tuesday evening, Team GBFB members joined the ranks of more than 12,000 runners in the historic 31st annual J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge 5k race. Each year, companies from all over Boston come together to compete in a 3.5 mile race in support of  local non-profits. We, along with BUILD, were honored to be the non-profit beneficiaries of the 2014 race. After work on Tuesday, 585 Greater Boston companies showed up in their sneakers and running gear ready to compete.

Suzanne Battit, GBFB’s VP of External Affairs and Advancement, held the ribbon as the first male and female runners crossed the finish line. She also accepted the honor of being one of the race’s beneficiaries and thanked the crowd for coming out and supporting our mission to End Hunger Here in eastern Massachusetts.

Team GBFB has a long standing commitment to providing healthy and nutritious food along with promoting healthy lifestyles with the communities of eastern Massachusetts, so our runners were eager to participate. Although Team GBFB didn’t officially place, we were no different from the other competitors. As our runners navigated the course, the support was evident. Fellow runners called out and pointed at GBFB’s shirts and said "hey, there’s the food bank!" and cheered us to the finish line. Our very own, Annie Laquidara (pictured), crossed the finish line in true winning form. Team GBFB loved being a part of this community that came together to support one another throughout the race while running for two great causes.  Thank you to J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge for choosing The Greater Boston Food Bank as one of this year’s beneficiaries and to all of the Boston companies who ran in support of our mission!