Helping Our Partners Succeed

The emergence of COVID-19 has changed our normal way of life, including the seemingly simple act of giving healthy food to someone in need.

Volunteers helping with drive-thru distribution

To help maintain the safety of our partner agencies, their volunteers, and the growing number of people seeking food assistance, GBFB helped many of our agencies transition to a contact-free operation where prepackaged boxes of food are dropped off in people’s cars or available for clients to pick up from a safe distance. In many cases, GBFB helped create completely new mobile distributions.

In Fall River, one of the highest-need areas we serve, GBFB worked with YMCA Southcoast to create a new drive-through distribution in the city in a matter of days.

Stephanie Mancini, executive director of YMCA Southcoast, said the partnership has been a success since day one.

“One woman arrived toward the end of our first market and told me she had just lost her job and didn’t know how she was going to afford food,” Stephanie said. “She was so grateful for what we were giving her.”

In addition to the new distribution in Fall River, we have helped more than 18 organizations launch new food resources for their communities across Eastern Massachusetts. Your generous gift will help us keep our hunger-relief network strong.


Photo courtesy of YMCA Southcoast.

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