Ted Cutler Lecture

The fourth-annual Ted Cutler lecture was held virtually on April 28, 2022 and featured Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Claire Babineau-Fontenot, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America, and Catherine D’Amato, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Greater Boston Food Bank discussing how the unique challenges of advancing health and hunger equity during the pandemic. You can watch the full program below.

Advancing Health and Hunger Equity



Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH

Dr. Walensky is the 19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ninth Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She is an influential scholar whose pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Walensky is also a well-respected expert on the value of testing and treatment of deadly viruses.

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Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

As Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot oversees the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and second-largest U.S. charity according to Forbes. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year, while supporting programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve.


Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

Catherine D’Amato

A tireless advocate for the hungry for more than 40 years, Catherine D’Amato assumed the leadership of GBFB in 1995. During her tenure, she has transformed GBFB into a $180 million charitable business and increased GBFB’s distribution from 7.5 million meals a year to nearly 97 million healthy meals this past year. She has grown GBFB’s network to include nearly 600 partner food pantries, meal programs and direct distribution sites across the 190 cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts.


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)

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

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