Growing Healthy Futures

Growing Healthy FuturesSummer is a particularly difficult time for families facing hunger, since kids, teens, and even college students are not receiving regular school meals. The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), in partnership with MathWorks, the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists, is committed to distributing healthy meals to students and families this summer so they can continue to grow, learn, and thrive.

Growing Healthy Futures: Sponsored by MathWorks will benefit all of GBFB’s summer children and family hunger relief initiatives, ensuring students have access to enough food during the summer months. MathWorks will generously match all gifts, dollar-for-dollar, up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS to multiply our impact! Our collective efforts will sustain and bolster the GBFB network and allow communities most impacted by the pandemic to re-emerge stronger.

Growing Healthy Futures: Sponsored by

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Join our Growing Healthy Futures campaign by donating or starting an individual or team fundraiser to help us improve the lives of families across our communities this summer. For tips and resources to help you with your fundraiser, check out our Peer-to-Peer Toolkit!


In addition to raising the necessary funding to meet the critical demand, Growing Healthy Futures will also build awareness and support for several of GBFB’s programs and initiatives that prioritize children, students, and families, including:

  • Childhood Hunger – In the past year, our partner agencies have reported seeing a more than 130% increase in the number of children served. Our 600+ distribution partners across Eastern MA support children and families with ongoing local distributions of accessible, healthy food.
  • College Hunger – An astounding 37% of public university students in Massachusetts experience food insecurity. This percentage is even higher among students of color and students who are parents. GBFB co-leads the Massachusetts Hunger Free Campus Coalition (HFCC), which is working to leverage and expand existing resources and services to improve food access for low-income college students.
  • School-based Pantry Program – GBFB currently operates eight School-based Pantry Programs (SBP). Since many of the families frequenting SBPs have children who participate in free and reduced-priced meal programs, they’re a critical resource during the summer months when school breakfast and lunch are unavailable.
  • Family Meal Boxes Family Meal Boxes reduce stress on agencies impacted by unexpected volunteer shortages and provide an uncomplicated solution for immediate and low-contact grab-and-go or drive-through distributions.  Each box contains enough shelf-stable healthy food for approximately 26 meals.

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