GBFB Focus

GBFB FocusThe Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is thrilled to announce the launch of our new “GBFB Focus” event series where we will facilitate conversations on issues that impact GBFB and our constituents over the next year.

SAVE THE DATE: Join us on Thursday, July 8th at 7 PM EST for GBFB Focus: Data-Driven Food Security with Congressman Jake Auchincloss (MA-04) and Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues (First Bristol and Plymouth).

During the event, we’ll discuss GBFB’s strategic vision and focus on data analytics as well as highlight how mapping our hunger needs in Eastern MA drives where GBFB allocates resources to make the greatest impact. Congressman Auchincloss and Senator Rodrigues will discuss the benefit of investing in their district and how Federal and State support will be critical in addressing food insecurity in our communities.

The virtual presentation will also outline how data led to a new partnership with Southcoast YMCA – the Full Plate Project – to support the increased need for food in the region as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional speakers include:
Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of GBFB
Carol Tienken, COO & SVP of Distribution of GBFB



Congressman Jake Auchincloss

Representative Jake Auchincloss is serving his first term in Congress, where he is a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure and Financial Services Committees. His areas of focus include infrastructure, housing, the life sciences, and energy policy.

Jake was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of a surgeon and scientist. They taught him to be a lifelong learner. From the moment he could read, he loved American history.

After graduating from Harvard College, Jake joined the Marines. He commanded infantry in Afghanistan and special operations in Panama. He’s now a major in the reserves.

When he returned home, Jake continued service as a three-term city councilor in Newton. His favorite part of being a city councilor was constituent services and communication. While serving in the public sector on nights and weekends, Jake led product development at both a Fortune 100 insurance company and a cybersecurity startup. He has degrees in economics and finance from Harvard College and MIT Sloan.


Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues

State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 2010, and serves the First Bristol and Plymouth District, which includes Westport, Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Rochester, Somerset, and Swansea. He currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Steering and Policy. In the 2017-2018 session, he served as Senate Majority Whip, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Redistricting, and previously served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Michael served 14 years in the House of Representatives, where he chaired the Committee on Commerce and Labor, the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, and the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. He also served on the Committee on House Ways and Means.

Michael graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is President and Treasurer of ABC Floor Covering, Westport, MA.


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Previous GBFB Focus Events

May 6, 2021: GBFB Focus: Feeding America, Food Insecurity, and the Future with Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, GBFB President and CEO Catherine D’Amato, and host Cynthia McFadden, Senior Investigative and Legal correspondent, NBC. WATCH >


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