Ted Cutler Lecture

On April 14, 2021, The Greater Boston Food Bank hosted our third-annual Ted Cutler Lecture.


Ted Cutler was a champion for hungry kids and families throughout greater Boston. He stepped up to lead the Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope $35,000,000 capital campaign for a new food bank. Under Ted’s leadership, GBFB was able to purchase land and construct a new food bank – the 117,000 square foot warehouse at 70 South Bay.

In addition to GBFB, Ted’s legacy as a generous and thoughtful philanthropist is evident throughout Boston as his support enhanced the arts, education and health. He often referred to the work and mission of The Greater Boston Food Bank as the “most important social justice work going on in the city of Boston.”

“If God could ask, ‘What do you want?’ I’d say, ‘Please take care of somebody else. I’m doing just fine.’” – Ted Cutler (1930 – 2017)

Anita McGahan


Dr. Anita McGahan

Dr. McGahan is a world-renowned scholar, a University Professor at the University of Toronto, a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and a Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, where she holds the George E. Connell Chair in Organizations & Society. Her research is focused on industry change, sustainable competitive advantage and the establishment of new fields. An area of particular interest to her is in global health and the diffusion of knowledge across international boundaries. She will be speaking about COVID-19 and food insecurity. Learn more.

Dr. M. Lee Pelton

The program featured a brief tribute to Ted by Dr. M. Lee Pelton, outgoing President of Emerson College, who will be assuming the presidency at The Boston Foundation this year.

The Ted Cutler Lecture is generously supported by the Cutler Family.

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The Second Annual Ted Cutler Lecture featured Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc., Vice President for Nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Dr. Wootan’s keynote address, “Supporting Healthy Eating for Low-Income Families” outlined the promising policy and environmental approaches that can help reshape the food system and make healthier choices easier, especially for low-income families. Joanne Jaxtimer served as the event chair.

Ted Cutler Event 2019  Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc., CSPI

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The Inaugural Ted Cutler Lecture, held on April 24, 2018, featured Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA., and was chaired by Joanne Jaxtimer.

Ted Cutler Event 2018  Ted Cutler Lecture 2018

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