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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Volunteer Spotlight: 451 Marketing | The Greater Boston Food Bank

Each year, The Greater Boston Food Bank has over 25,000 volunteers donate their time at our Yawkey Distribution Center in South Boston. GBFB is so grateful to these volunteers because they save us over a million dollars each year in labor costs! Recently, a group of three volunteers from 451 Marketing dedicated a whole day to volunteer and submitted this guest blog. Read More »


Catherine D’Amato ranks in Boston’s Top 100 Women-Led Businesses | The Greater Boston Food Bank

Boston Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) recently announced their annual Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. This year was the first time that nonprofit organizations were included and GBFB’s very own President and CEO, Catherine D’Amato, ranked #69! Catherine and members of Team GBFB gathered at a breakfast event at the Seaport Boston Hotel on Friday, October 24, to recognize all the honorees. Read More »


Haunted House for Hunger!

Haunted House for  Hunger! | The Greater Boston Food Bank

Skeletons…! Spiders…! Monsters…! Ghosts…! Ghouls…! And Goblins…!

All of these spooky characters were found at the 10th annual Haunted House by Sophia Barrett and her family! For 10 years, the Barretts have turned their ancient stone basement into a Haunted House filled with freakish frights to scare anyone who dared to visit, and this year was no different when they held the event on Friday night, October 24th. The spine-chilling transformation of their lair in Newton, MA, started 10 years ago at the suggestion of the Barrett’s daughter, Sophia. Parents Lisa and Dan quickly got on board and Sophia’s mother, a psychology professor at Northeastern University, has her grad students and postdocs use knowledge from experiments on fear to scare people in the haunted house. How cool!

So what does all of this have to do with hunger? Well, the Haunted House was originally created as a hunger relief fundraiser and each year the Barretts charge $5 admission to their guests for a full tour of the Haunted House, and ALL the proceeds are donated to The Greater Boston Food Bank. This year, they had about 400 attendees and raised enough to provide over 1,700 meals. Over the last 10 years, Sophia and her parents  have raised enough money to provide over 10,000 healthy meals in total to those in need in eastern Massachusetts! In addition, Sophia has also saved money from her allowance and birthday to donate to GBFB on several occasions. Sophia and her parents are an inspiration and show  that there are so many ways in which people can help their community. Thank you to the Barretts for their commitment to GBFB’s mission to End Hunger Here.

From everyone here at Team GBFB, have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! And remember, everyone has a role in ending hunger in our community.


National Apple Month and the Mass Grown Initiative (MGI) | The Greater Boston Food Bank

Did you know that October is National Apple Month?

Did you also know that The Greater Boston Food Bank has relationships with local Massachusetts farmers to acquire produce, such as apples, each year?

One of these apple farms is Carlson Orchards in Harvard, MA. Carlson Orchards is part of the Mass Grown Initiative (MGI), which is funded through the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) – a protected line item in the budget that provides money to the four food banks in the state to buy food. MGI funding supports the relationship between Massachusetts famers and The Greater Boston Food Bank, and enables GBFB to purchase produce from the participating farms each year.

Learn how to make Apple Crisp!