On Saturday, May 16th members of The Greater Boston Food Bank’s (GBFB) Kitchen Cabinet joined forces with other outstanding volunteers to sort product in our Yawkey Distribution Center. The Kitchen Cabinet is a group of young influential professionals who are dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support GBFB and the members of our community who are struggling with food insecurity.  Each year, the group holds volunteer days and social events that incorporate creative fundraising and awareness generating elements.

During the sorting day, Kitchen Cabinet co-chairs Matt Goehlert and Jen Reddy kept up the team’s moral as the group sorted over 6,000 pounds of food, which is enough to provide 5,000 healthy meals to those in need and to make a difference in the lives of many GBFB relies on more than 26,000 volunteers a year, saving GBFB $1 million in labor costs each year.

“It had been at least a year since I sorted food at the Food Bank.” Matt explained, “It was great to see so many Kitchen Cabinet members take time out of their Saturday to come sort food. Being there with familiar faces made the experience more rewarding because we were there to build relationships and give back to a great organization.”

Team GBFB thanks our Kitchen Cabinet group for their time and dedication!

Are you interested in becoming a Kitchen Cabinet member or sponsoring a Kitchen Cabinet event? Contact Carlen Singmaster at csingmaster@gbfb.org @Gr8BosFoodBank

After 11 years of holding our annual fundraising Banquet, this year The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) decided to switch things up and held our first Greater Boston Food Festival. The transition was largely made possible by our Presidential Sponsor, EMC, and Chair, Jeremy Burton, President of Product Sales and Marketing at EMC. EMC has been a dedicated supporter of GBFB and was looking for a way to get more involved. When Jeremy realized that he not only could chair the fundraiser, but also provide creative resources, it was a no-brainer. He was in. He quickly brought in the EMC events team and VDA productions to help produce the unique evening.

Many months of planning went by and finally, on the evening of April 29th, GBFB hosted their first annual ‘Festival’. The evening was crafted to highlight the warehouse space where 52 million pounds of food a year is distributed from each year and their network of 550 member agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts. Instead of a traditional sit down dinner, guests walked around to experience the space, while mingling and networking. Guests were entertained by jugglers, magicians, a singing quartet and artists, while enjoying a variety of food including a build-your-own-burger, Asian noodle, tossed salad and mini-pizza stations. As guests walked among the warehouse racks, lounges were set up dedicated to the evening’s sponsors, including EMC, Stop & Shop, Joanna and Nigel Travis, Fedex, Roche Bros., Atlantic Vision, Bank of America, Amy and Joshua Boger, Citizens Bank, The Cutler Family, Openview, Shaw’s Star Market, State Street, TJX, BJ’s, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Tracy and brad Stevens, John E. Core, Kekst and Company, ModusLink and Wegmans.

Interactive fundraising activities created some friendly competition! Our warehouse truck bays were open with GBFB trucks in position — attendees funded pallets of healthy food for anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000 to fill the trucks. Also, a CANstruction art installation was created throughout the evening. Guests helped to fund the completion of the structure by purchasing cans for $50 – $250. Each guest who contributed to fundraising efforts received a light up bracelet – by the end of the evening the warehouse was a sea of glowing bracelets as everyone came together to help End Hunger Here.

The night was a huge success and through the generosity of area businesses and committed individuals, the Festival set a new record, raising $1.22 million, enough to provide more than 3,600,000 meals to our neighbors in eastern Massachusetts who are facing hunger. Thank you to our friends, supporters and donors for making our first annual Festival a fun and successful night!


Cheryl Schondek is GBFB’s VP of Acquisition and Supply Chain and has recently been inducted into The Griffin Report’s 2015 “Women of Influence in the Food Industry.”

Since 2006, the Griffin Publishing Company’s “Women of Influence in the Food Industry” designation has recognized women in the food industry who demonstrate “superior achievement and innovation.”
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On Monday, April 20, 2015, Peter Bakkala and Mike Walsh ran the Boston Marathon wearing GBFB t-shirts to help to End Hunger Here. Peter finished with a time of 04:44:56, while Mike came in at a dashing 04:02:09. Together they raised enough funds to provide more than 33,000 healthy meals to those in need! We are happy to have had the opportunity to share in their journey as first time Boston Marathon runners and grateful for their commitment to helping to End Hunger Here.

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Advocate for MEFAP!

The Greater Boston Food Bank is Blogging National Nutrition MonthOn April 8, 2015, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) hosted their annual legislative breakfast on Beacon Hill in support of the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP). This year, the Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts (which includes the GBFB, the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Worcester County Food Bank), is advocating for an increase in funding to $20M in the FY16 budget. This is a $5M increase over last year’s $15M funding we received. Last year, with this funding we were able to provide $16M healthy meals to those in need. With this additional $5M funding, the Food Bank Coalition of MA will be able to provide an additional 7 million more healthy meals through our network of over 565,000 food insecure residents of the state.
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