Summer 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 all summer long so they can continue to grow, learn, and thrive.
Growing Healthy Futures ensures students and families have access to nutritious food during the summer months. Mathworks will generously match all gifts, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000,000 to multiply our impact! Our collective efforts will sustain and bolster GBFB’s network of close to 600 dedicated food and distribution partners and allow communities most impacted by the pandemic and the highest inflation rate in over 40 years to re-emerge stronger.
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You can still support 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 all year long. For tips and resources to help you with your fundraiser, check out our Peer-to-Peer Toolkit!
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In addition to raising the necessary funding to meet the critical demand, Growing Healthy Futures also builds awareness around childhood, student, and family hunger across Eastern Massachusetts. Your support will boost several of GBFB’s programs and initiatives that prioritize children, students, and families, including:
- Childhood Hunger – In the past year, our partner agencies still reported serving more than double the number of children served in 2019. Our nearly 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.
- Mobile Markets for K-12 Students and their Families – GBFB operates several Mobile Markets through partnerships with local school districts. Many of the families served by these Mobile Markets have children who participate in free and reduced-priced meal programs. These free food distributions are 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.
- Grocery Cards – GBFB purchases grocery cards on behalf of partners to streamline the ordering and distribution process for our network. The cards provide a safe and easy solution for low-contact grab-and-go or drive-through distributions. These cards are also a personalized way of supplementing food resources, allowing for more choice, culturally appropriate options, and reducing stigma/embarrassment.