How to Help : Partner With Us

Every year, The Greater Boston Food Bank benefits from the support of hundreds of organizations, including corporations, foundations, schools, and others. These partners help to make a difference in our communities in the mission to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts.

The Greater Boston Food Bank benefits from over $3 million each year in direct donations from our institutional partners. Organizations support us financially through grants, corporate donations, event sponsorships, matching gifts, corporate drives, and payroll deductions. These donations allow us to respond to the growing challenge of hunger in eastern Massachusetts.

In addition to critical financial support, many of our institutional partners support us by donating food, conducting food drives, or by participating in one of our many volunteer opportunities. We proudly publicize and celebrate the generosity and support of our partners. See our full list of Leadership Circle partners.

Join Our Leadership Circle

The Leadership Circle is a select group of GBFB's top donors who commit to working with us for the next one to three years with annual gifts of at least $100,000. There are currently several generous donors supporting GBFB at that level, and we will need at least an additional seven Leadership Circle members to meet our funding goal.

In return for financial support at the Leadership Circle level, GBFB will work with each partner to tailor a clear and detailed plan to publicize their generosity and commitment to ending hunger in our community.

To learn more about our Leadership Circle, email Suzanne Battit at sbattit@gbfb.org.

Sponsor an Event

The Greater Boston Food Bank has a full calendar of events and offers numerous sponsorship opportunities. While helping to feed hungry people is the greatest benefit of sponsoring a GBFB event, there are many others-including having your logo placed on invitations, signage, and our website, as well as receiving tickets to special events, and more.

Click here to learn more about these great event opportunities and how you can join the proud ranks of other sponsors such as Dunkin' Brands, Inc., FedEx, Roche Bros., Shaw's Star Market, State Street Corporation, and Stop & Shop.

For additional information on sponsorship and events, please contact us at events@gbfb.org.

Host a Food Drive

Institutional partners of The Greater Boston Food Bank often make an active and hands-on contribution to ending hunger in eastern Massachusetts by hosting a food drive. Collecting food during a food drive is a great way to involve and engage co-workers in the work to end hunger in our community. GBFB staff members are available to assist organizations in setting up a successful food drive with information, tips, flyers and food donation boxes.

Organizations can also set up "virtual food drives" through GBFB. These drives allow individuals to make online donations to purchase food that will add to your food drive's total contribution.

To learn more about food drives, email food_drive@gbfb.org.

Participate in Our Annual Holiday Meal Drive

Our annual Holiday Meal Drive is a favorite amongst our corporate partners. Beginning in October, many of our corporate partners sign up for a unique webpage that allows them to raise money online to help provide holiday meals to those in need. Participants can set a fundraising goal and see a visual display of funds collected as well as a donor "roll call" on their webpage. Funds raised directly support the purchase of holiday meals. Participating in the Holiday Meal Drive is an easy and exciting way for organizations to collaborate and compete in a meaningful community event and is also a great way to publicize your company's good work to the community.

To learn more about the Holiday Meal Drive, email Catherine Spinelli at cspinelli@gbfb.org.

Volunteer

Learn more about volunteering at GBFB.

Volunteers at The Greater Boston Food Bank play a critical role in helping to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. Volunteer groups of between 5 and 50 individuals - families, friends, co-workers and neighbors - receive a customized, educational and team-building experience, while sorting and packing food for those in need.

All volunteers are trained in food safety and work together as a team on an assembly line. Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, others inspect and sort products, and others check and label boxes. Sorted food then goes directly to the hunger-relief agencies we support.

We have two volunteer shifts daily, Monday through Friday, mornings 9:30am-12pm and afternoons 1:00-3:30pm, as well as a weekly Wednesday evening and Saturday morning shift. (During June through August, no Saturday shifts are scheduled unless specially arranged.)

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