Hunger Relief: A Family Affair

Published on November 15, 2021
Kathy Devaney (left) stands with daughter Kasey (right) outside of The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, a GBFB partner agency where their volunteer experiences with food began.

Kathy and Kasey Devaney are not only mother and daughter – but best friends and star volunteers at The Greater Boston Food Bank. The two women are a part of the unique group of over 5,800 volunteers to support the food bank’s mission on-site during the coronavirus pandemic this past year.

Kathy, mother of three, begins, “It all started when my son, Jason, began volunteering. Watching her brother get involved with My Brother’s Keeper, an organization that collects furniture for families, inspired Kasey.”

Kasey then began helping with “garden duty” at the Harwich Family Pantry. Upon seeing that the boxes of food distributed by the pantry came from The Greater Boston Food Bank, they took their support a step further and began coming into the warehouse to assist the team in packing Family Meal Boxes.

“Hunger is everywhere, and during the pandemic, we recognized that we were in a less vulnerable position, and it spurred us to take action.,” Kathy explains, “It’s such a well-run operation, and everyone puts in the work during volunteer shifts. Together, it feels like we’re really making a difference.”

Every Monday, Seth “shops” at GBFB, and plans his entire weeks’ worth of meals on Tuesday based on his haul, “We serve breakfast and lunch every day, no questions asked. The people experiencing homelessness who eat here, this may be their only meal of the day, so it must be nutritious, and filling. I do a lot of scratch cooking thanks to the raw ingredients I pick up from the food bank every week – which makes up about 90% of what I use.”


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