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!

2014 Partner Appreciation Day | The Greater Boston Foodbank

On Friday, October 17th, Team GBFB gathered at the Yawkey Distribution Center and recognized our most dedicated member agencies, donors, volunteers, and elected officials at our annual Partner Appreciation Day. This year, GBFB distributed over 50 million pounds of food and got closer to our One Meal A Day strategic objective. We would not be able to do this without this network of dedicated supporters. It was a great day where Catherine D’Amato and Chair of GBFB Board of Directors, Woody Bradford, acknowledged the winners and we got to hear from each of the awardees.

Check out this year’s winners!

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.