The Greater Boston Food Bank is looking for nominees for its ninth annual Nally Award, which recognizes outstanding young volunteers who are taking action against hunger. This award will be presented at GBFB’s Partner Appreciation Luncheon on October 12, 2012.

The award was established in honor of Dan and Betsy Nally, siblings from Westwood, Massachusetts, who began an annual turkey drive in 1996 to ensure that families in need would have turkeys at Thanksgiving. To date, the Nallys and their nonprofit organization, Turkeys4America, have donated more than 734,000 pounds of turkey to GBFB. In addition, they have expanded their Turkeys4America distribution to include California, Ohio, Illinois, and Florida.

There are many opportunities for young people to participate in a community service project to help feed those in need, such as holding a food drive or volunteering at GBFB’s Boston warehouse through our Kids Who Care program. We also welcome groups of students 16 years of age or older. Alternately, there are volunteer opportunities available at hunger relief agencies in your own community. Find the agency nearest you here.

Volunteer community activities instill in children a sense of helping others and are a great way to support your local food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters, as well as GBFB. And kids can have fun while they’re helping!

If you know someone under the age of 18 who is making a difference and helping end hunger in eastern Massachusetts, nominate them today. The nomination deadline is June 22, 2012.

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