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COVID-19-Update

We are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our community. Learn how you can help.

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The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) continues to work alongside our 500+ partner hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts. If you, or anyone you know, are in need of food, you can visit GBFB.org/need-food to find a list of food assistance options in each community we serve.

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UPDATES

March 23, 2020
Today, Governor Baker announced a Stay-At-Home Order, beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, April 6.

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), our partner hunger-relief agencies, and our volunteers are exempt from the advisory. This exemption is based on federal guidance and has been amended to reflect the needs of Massachusetts’ unique economy.

GBFB is working closely with our partner hunger-relief agencies to ensure their ability to receive and distribute healthy food to those in need in their communities.

We continue to ask for volunteers who are healthy and can help with our critical mission while adhering to social distancing and other guidelines from local, state and federal sources. If you are interested in volunteering on site at GBFB, please sign up HERE.

Visit Mass.gov for the full list of Massachusetts COVID-19 Essential Services and more information about the Stay-At-Home Order.


March 14, 2020
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our community.

As a food distribution facility that acquires and distributes millions of pounds of food for our neighbors in need across Eastern Massachusetts, GBFB is a critical front-line first responder for our neighbors in need.

As an AIB-certified organization, GBFB already operates under the utmost stringent health and safety measures.

The extra steps we’ve taken to mitigate the potential spread of the virus in our building and to our clients includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Working closely under the guidance of and in coordination with Feeding America and our peer New England food banks, as well as actively consulting the CDC, FEMA, and the state and federal Department of Public Health who are in a position to support measures to ensure access to food for the most vulnerable members of our communities during this situation.
  • Holding daily meetings with our leadership team to monitor new developments and adapt our operations accordingly.
  • Asking volunteers and visitors who’ve recently traveled outside of the U.S. in the last 14 days, or who have been in close contact with someone who has or may have contracted COVID-19 to refrain from visiting our building for at least two weeks
  • Requiring all visitors to GBFB to sanitize their hands upon entering the building.
  • Deployed a temporary work-from-home policy for employees that can do their jobs from home in order to keep our warehouse and essential employees safe and healthy.
  • Reminding all employees to stay home unless they feel 100% healthy.
  • We’ve hired extra cleaners and are distributing extra hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes throughout our facility.

We are confident that these extra steps, combined with our already strict approach to health and safety, will allow us to continue serving our clients as we closely monitor and navigate this developing situation.

The coronavirus poses an even bigger health threat to our community’s most vulnerable populations — low-income individuals and senior citizens.

GBFB is committed to assuring that we continue to distribute food to our partner agencies and through our direct service programs, especially those that impact individuals at high risk.

During this time, you can support our work to keep our community healthy, and ensure that our neighbors in need have enough food by making a donation.

At this time, we ARE still accepting individuals and groups looking to support our work via volunteer opportunities. If you are an individual seeking volunteer opportunities, click here to submit your volunteer request. If you are a corporation, organization or other group looking to lend a hand, you can connect with us here.

If you, or anyone you know, are in need of food, please use the Food Finder Resource one-pager found on our website to get information about food resources in your community, to learn about SNAP eligibility, and more.

We are fully committed to keeping our Eastern Massachusetts community safe and making sure they receive the nutritious food they need to thrive.


March 10, 2020
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) values the health of our community. Please help us stop the possible spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As a precaution, during your visit to GBFB, please…

DO:

  • Wash hands frequently in our restrooms and use hand sanitizer.
  • Wave at a friend or new acquaintance rather than hug or shake hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth if you sneeze or cough (and then wash your hands).
  • Follow updated best practices by going to CDC.gov.

DO NOT:

  • Visit GBFB if you are feeling unwell, especially if you have a fever or a cough.
  • Enter the building if you or someone close to you have been to countries on the CDC watchlist: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

To learn more, read our statement on the Coronavirus.

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