#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.

GBFB Does Boston Magazine’s ‘The Cookout’

On August 12 and 13, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) was honored to be the nonprofit partner to Boston Magazine’s The Cookout. For two nights, GBFB team members joined the Boston Magazine team and local chefs to raise awareness, sell raffle tickets and take silent auction bids to benefit GBFB.

The first night, called The Cue (as in BBQ), featured leading Boston chefs and their favorite BBQ dishes. Long time GBFB supporter, Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel, was there with his award winning ribs and GBFB’s personal friends, Animal Talk, were the night’s musical entertainment.

Team GBFB was back again for Wednesday’s infamous Battle of the Burger. At the end of the evening the votes were tallied and the reigning titleholder, The Blue Ox, was deemed the burger champion once again! Throughout the night, the crowd continued to support GBFB’s raffle and silent auction all while Wahlburgers filmed onsite. Friend, Paul Wahlberg, was kind enough to take a few selfies with team GBFB.

Both evenings were filled with food, music, and a great raffle and silent auction to benefit GBFB. And, thanks to the generous event attendees, GBFB raised enough funds to provide 33,357 healthy meals to those in need. That’s enough to feed almost 8 families of 4 for one year.

At GBFB, we are always grateful for the support of local outlets and the food community. We all share the same passion – to feed people. And, coming together to spread awareness about hunger and to help feed those in need is an amazing experience. We hope to see many of the new restaurants and foodies we met at our Super Hunger Brunch in January

Thank you to Boston Magazine for partnering with us on this fabulous event, to the Home Depot of Chelsea for donating a grill for our raffle, and to all The Cookout attendees for their generous support. Together, we can End Hunger Here.

Summer GBFB Nutrition Fairs

Summer GBFB Nutrition Fair | The Greater Boston Food Bank

For the last four summers the GBFB Nutrition team has hosted Nutrition Fairs at Boys and Girls Club camps throughout the area. The Fairs educate campers in fun and interactive ways on how to make healthy choices. This year, the GBFB Team ventured to two camps in Dorchester, one in Fall River, and one in Brockton. Interactive stations are set up at the Fairs to teach the kids about different elements of nutrition:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Station where the campers are tested on their knowledge of fruits and vegetables and enjoy a delicious Green Monster Smoothie.
  • Calcium station is where the kids learn that calcium is an important mineral in their diet. They identify sources of calcium and ways to add calcium to meals through fun food cards.
  • Hydration Station, GBFB Team members use a water container to demonstrate how the body becomes dehydrated, and the children suggest ways to re-hydrate. The importance of staying hydrated and identifying healthy beverage choices are key take-aways.
  • “How Many Packets?” Station educates about why added sugar should be avoided. The campers guess the number of sugar packets contained in their favorite foods.  Most are amazed and shocked by the long strand of sugar packets that represent the volume of sugar in some of their favorite foods. And what is a healthy diet without exercise?
  • Exercise Dice Station where the kids roll fitness dice to see how many repetitions of an exercise should be performed.  Toe-touches, push-ups and arm circles were practiced!

See what the children learned from MyPlate!

On August 1st and 2nd, while the Boston Red Sox faced the New York Yankees, The Red Sox Wives hosted the 23rd annual Strike Out Hunger fundraiser at Fenway Park to raise awareness of hunger in eastern Massachusetts and GBFB’s mission to End Hunger Here in our communities.

During the two days, the Red Sox Wives and GBFB volunteers worked together to fundraise at the gates of Fenway Park. Fans who donated $10 received an autographed photo of a Red Sox Player of their choice. And, for every $1 donated, GBFB will be able to provide 3 nutritious meals to those in need.

Find out how you can still get involved!

Lending a Hand in Revere

Lending a Hand in Revere | The Greater Boston Food Bank

Unfortunately, from time to time, we are faced with natural disasters out of our control. And, during times like these, it is important for communities to come together to do what they can to help those in need. Last Monday, our neighbors in Revere faced an unexpected tornado that left many homes in ruin and many people without food. On Friday, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), along with the Red Cross, aided to the disaster relief efforts and conducted an emergency food distribution from 12-2 pm at the First Congregation Church of Revere. GBFB Team members and volunteers served over 82 households, representing more than 220 individuals, who came to pick up food such as fresh tomatoes, fresh zucchini, fresh watermelon, fresh lettuce, bottled water, yogurt, and canned goods. Families left with bags of nutritious food to take some burden off this unexpected hardship. In addition to our goal to End Hunger Here in eastern Massachusetts, we believe that it is our responsibility to help our community whenever there is a need. Our thoughts go out to the Revere community during this time. To learn more about The Greater Boston Bank and you can help to End Hunger Here by donating time or funds, please visit www.gbfb.org.

See TeamGBFB members Jocelyn, Matt and Tom lending a hand in Revere