Growing Healthy Futures

Young girl smiling at the camera, holding an appleHosted by The Greater Boston Food Bank’s (GBFB) Innovative Development Council, Growing Healthy Futures is an online campaign beginning August 10, 2020 in support of GBFB’s School-based Pantries.

All gifts will be generously matched by School-based Pantry Program Premier Sponsor Jason and Shannon Robins, and Growing our Garden Sponsors Diane Bevan and Michael Heslop, William and Sandra Rosenfeld, The Sullivan Family, and a generous anonymous donor.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, GBFB’s nine School-based Pantries across Eastern Massachusetts served around 6,300 individuals each month. Now approximately 12,000 individuals rely on School-based Pantries to put food on their tables. While the plans for reopening schools this fall remain uncertain, our plans to provide healthy meals to families with children are solid.

Each School-based Pantry’s operating costs are around $50,000 annually. Your support of our Growing Healthy Futures campaign will go directly to funding this important program. Will you help us grow healthy families and healthy futures?



In appreciation, all Growing Healthy Futures supporters were invited to a closing celebration on Thursday, September 10. Watch a preview of the virtual farm-to-screen experience below.

We gratefully acknowledge our Growing Healthy Futures Presenting Sponsors

Biogen Foundation

Ciccolo Family Foundation
Douglas Bacon
David and Nicole Chang
Beth and Andrew Garvin
Kimberly and James Goldinger
Nurgul and Aziz Hamzaogullari

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Joy and Duncan McCallum
Susan McLeish
Timothy and Deborah Moore
Gayle Merling and James Shields
Kevin and Liz Quinn
Robert Willett and Rebecca Parkhill
Peter and Dyann Wirth

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School-based Pantries

To reach struggling families in the communities where they live, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) operates free, monthly food distributions at public schools across Eastern Massachusetts called School-based Pantries. Every family takes home 40-50 pounds of nutritious food, from fresh fruits and vegetables to meats, dairy, pasta and more.

This vital resource helps parents, like Irma and Staci, make ends meet:

Stories of Hope: Irma
Irma and other families at the Connery School in Lynn take home about 40 pounds of nutritious food every month from the free, farmers market-style distribution. Read Irma’s story >
Stories of Hope - Staci
Every month, Staci and her two daughters get healthy food and fresh produce from the School-based Pantry at the Connery School in Lynn. Read Staci’s story >

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