— GBFB (@Gr8BosFoodBank) July 31, 2016
No matter how much more food GBFB acquires, distribution increases will be minimal if our 550 agencies across Eastern Massachusetts do not have the infrastructure in place to get more food to more people who need it.
That’s why annual capacity grants are so important to our mission to end hunger here. Through capacity grants from GBFB, member agencies can use funds to improve their infrastructure and reach in areas such as refrigeration, storage and transportation. In 2015, over 35 member agencies – including Bread of Life and Weymouth Food Pantry – benefited from our capacity grants.
An analysis of last year’s grants determined that the impact of capacity grants is substantial. In 2015, capacity grants resulted in:
This year, GBFB awarded over $100,000 in capacity grants to member agencies. Top recipients are Interfaith Social Services, The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, Our Daily Bread, Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry, and Rehoboth Baptist Church of Boston ($10,000 each); Yarmouth Food Pantry ($7,600); and Open Hearts Ministries ($5,000). Grant money will be used for transportation, refrigeration and other areas to help agencies distribute more healthy and fresh food to under-served communities.