Generosity is One Key Component to a Healthy Diet

Published on July 8, 2021
Pedro stocking the shelves at Damien's Place
Pedro not only receives food at Damien’s Place, a GBFB Partner Agency in Wareham, he also helps out and gives back as a volunteer.

Pedro and his family came to the Southcoast area from Puerto Rico 12 years ago. Here they found a warm and welcoming community with a multilingual church. It was the perfect place for Pedro and his wife Maria to raise their three children.

While full of wonderful new opportunities, life here has not been without its challenges. In recent years, both Pedro and Maria have been dealing with medical issues that prevent them from working. Not having enough healthy food to eat quickly became a serious concern.

Fortunately, Pedro’s family can always count on generous friends like you. By giving to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), you enable us to support a network of more than 600 local partner agencies, including Damien’s Place, a food pantry and community resource center in East Wareham.

“Thank God for the big family at the pantry!” Maria says, smiling brightly. “We receive bread, meat, potatoes, carrots, canned soup, bananas, cheese—everything we need, at the holidays and all year long!”

Pedro can barely contain his gratitude as he adds, “The food is beautiful, the pantry is beautiful, the whole team is just beautiful!”

Pedro with GBFB's Family Meal Boxes
Pedro alongside GBFB’s Family Meal Boxes, which he helps to distribute at Damien’s Place.

In fact, Pedro is so inspired by the kindness he receives that he volunteers at Damien’s Place every other Saturday morning. He helps set up for the distributions and delivers food boxes to members of his church who don’t have access to transportation.

“Everybody is like my family here,” he beams.

This is the real impact of your gifts to GBFB: You help forge connections that change lives—and strengthen our entire community. Thank you for your dedication to ending hunger across Eastern Massachusetts!

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