The Greater Boston Food Bank is Blogging National Nutrition MonthGBFB is committed to healthy lives and communities through the food we distribute and through nutrition education. During National Nutrition Month®, Team GBFB will share how we lead healthy lives through diet and being active. Enjoy!


Meet Carol Tienken, Chief Operating Officer and VP of Distribution.
I oversee the flow of food in and out of The Greater Boston Food Bank and focus on how we can, in partnership with others, End Hunger Here in eastern Massachusetts. I have been with GBFB for over 15 years and have been part of a team that has grown in size and in sophistication. It is a demanding and gratifying job to serve. Over the years, our team members have taught me a lot about food and nutrition, and that feeding people is not just about calories.

Carol’s Healthy Lifestyle
In this context (and with the march of time), I made a lifestyle change a few years ago that significantly reduced the fat and carbohydrates I consumed. That meant learning more about protein and cooking creatively enough to ensure that I didn’t crave the pasta and cheeses I absolutely loved. It also meant eating healthy meals at regular intervals. The result was a significant weight loss, which was needed, and an increase in energy. Adopting a dog helped with the daily exercise, too.

National Nutrition Month Tip
My breakfast pancake is made of oat bran and yogurt. I flavor it with artificial sweetener and cinnamon. And I usually top it with a good dollop, about ¼ cup, of cottage cheese for protein. It is warm and filling and I think gives me a great start. It’s not hard to make at all.
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Heart Healthy Month

This month we are reminded in many ways to take care of your heart! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but there are several different steps that you can take to prevent it:

  • Volunteer and Give back! Helping others can make you happier and healthier.
  • Do not smoke
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Avoid saturated and trans fat which is found in many fried foods, baked goods, and dairy products made with whole milk.
  • Decrease your sodium intake

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When Sean Dowd was swept out to sea in a riptide along the Hawaiian coast in May 1989, he spent the intermittent hours thinking about the things he would do in his life if he made it back to shore. During this time, Sean made a commitment to give back through social action, unknowing that this pledge would lead him to start a lifetime of volunteering, and would facilitate his introduction to the woman who would later become his wife.

Not long after Sean returned to Boston, he began searching for volunteer opportunities and found Boston Cares. Since 1992, Boston Cares, a non-profit organization that creates and facilitates volunteer service projects each month, has been sending The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) volunteers. Over the last 23 years this valued and long-term partner organization has sent GBFB thousands of volunteers and has saved us millions of dollars in labor costs. In 2014 alone, they contributed over 1339 hours which saved us about $20,000.

Meanwhile, a like-minded young professional working in Boston, Cathy Heer, was also looking for a way to support her community and discovered Boston Cares.
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For the safety of our staff, volunteers and member agencies, The Greater Boston Food Bank will remain closed on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 until further notice. We urge everyone to stay safe as the City of Boston continues its clean-up efforts in the aftermath of this past weekend’s winter storm.

Agency questions: please call Agency Relations at 617-598-5000.


What better comfort food to celebrate in the depths of winter than a warm bowl of soup! We are thrilled to highlight a long standing partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)

Kettle Cuisine has been a partner of GBFB since the year 2000 donating over 713,000 meals. We began working with them at their previous facility in Chelsea, MA. When they moved to their beautiful new facility in Lynn, MA to accommodate their expanding business they found additional ways of supporting GBFB through our direct distribution programs. In October they kicked off their monthly sponsorship of the School-based Pantry at the Connery School in Lynn by having children and their parents sample a selection of Kettle Cuisine soups including Italian Wedding, Chicken Noodle and Loaded Potato soup.   Kettle Cuisine has committed to supplying a monthly donation of soup for the 275 children and their families that pantry serves monthly. In addition Kettle Cuisine employees volunteered at the Lynn Senior Brown Bag distribution providing 650 at risk elders with limited resources a pint of nutritious Tomato with Garden Vegetable soup to supplement the regular monthly distribution at Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLYSS). Read More »