Holiday Meal Drive | The Greater Boston Food Bank

Fall is underway and as a chill enters the air, we inevitably start thinking about the holidays quickly approaching. Each year, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) holds an annual Holiday Meal Drive, which is a fundraising effort that provides holiday meals to those in need. Every $20 donation will provide a full holiday meal complete with turkey and fixings for five.

So many families throughout eastern Massachusetts struggle to keep up with the rising costs of housing, heat and health bills at this time of year, so the additional stress of the holidays can be difficult. According to the recent Hunger in America 2014 study, food insecurity is growing and hunger is a silent epidemic affecting our neighbors, colleagues, family and friends. GBFB has been working extra hard to accommodate this growing need this holiday season and we are off to a great start.

Learn how you can get involved this holiday season!

Every four years, Feeding America and its network of food banks participate in a nationwide hunger study. This past August the Hunger in America (HIA) 2014 study results were released. Team GBFB  has broken this down in an executive summary of the eastern Massachusetts results.

The study provides critical data on clients who received food assistance through The Greater Boston Food Bank over the course of 2012-2013. GBFB uses this data to better understand who seeks food assistance from our network of 550 agencies and the challenges they face everyday. The survey yielded responses from 357 of our 550 agency partners and over 300 clients. Overall the report shows that food insecurity in eastern Massachusetts is growing.

Click Here for Hunger Study Stats.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

As our 2014 annual banquet was coming to a close, Dr. Allen Hamdan made a bee-line in my direction, and I knew exactly what he was going to ask. Sure enough, he wanted to host a second Food is Medicine event and declared that he was going to double the number of attendees AND the amount of money raised… how could I say no?

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Women Fighting Hunger 2014

Women Fighting Hunger 2014 | The Greater Boston Food Bank

On Friday, September 12, more than 250 women joined The Greater Boston Food Bank at the Mandarin Oriental for the 5th Annual Women Fighting Hunger breakfast. GBFB honored Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who had just won the democratic state primary that week. Katherine acknowledged her own role within public service to End Hunger Here. She recounted countless mothers who have talked to her on the campaign trail about making ends meet and the struggle to put food on their tables for their children.

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#HungerAction Month | The Greater Boston Food Bank

September is Hunger Action Month. GBFB and the Feeding America food bank network unites during this time to generate awareness about hunger in America and to mobilize the public to take action against hunger in our communities. There are so many ways to get involved to raise awareness about hunger in our community and we invite you to help GBFB spread the word!

Read about Parker’s inspiring story and his efforts to End Hunger Here.