On Friday, September 12, more than 250 women joined The Greater Boston Food Bank at the Mandarin Oriental for the 5th Annual Women Fighting Hunger breakfast. GBFB honored Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who had just won the democratic state primary that week. Katherine acknowledged her own role within public service to end hunger here. She recounted countless mothers who have talked to her on the campaign trail about making ends meet and the struggle to put food on their tables for their children.
"Katherine is a mother, a daughter, a wife. She is like so many of us, just trying to better our community and provide meaningful resources to sustain families and children," said, Catherine D’Amato, GBFB President and CEO.
Those in attendance also heard from Andrew Olsen, Vice President of Client Services with Russ Reid (a company who helps organizations like GBFB fundraise), who spoke about his personal experience with hunger. He recounted growing up in a single-parent household where there wasn’t enough food to go around, where school was difficult due to hungry stomachs and resulted in exhaustion, and where after-school jobs were necessary to help make ends meet.
GBFB also recognized the Chair of the Board of Advisors and Chair of the event, Gail Graham, for hosting the breakfast for the fifth year in a row. Gail’s support, leadership and dedication have made this such a successful event over the years.
The breakfast was made possible by Lead Sponsor Clarke Kitchens and event sponsors Brodeur Partners, Eaton Vance, United Capital, Eastern Bank, Baking Steel, Women Online, Roche Bros., Zurich Insurance and Home Market Foods.
Together, event attendees raised enough funds to provide more than 225,000 healthy meals for those in need. GBFB thanks everyone involved for making this year’s Women Fighting Hunger breakfast a success.