Women Fighting Hunger

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Women Fighting Hunger is a compassionate group of business and community leaders working with The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to end hunger here. Over the last 11 years, the committee and supporters have created a philanthropic movement to improve the health and well-being of the communities they live in.

Since 2010, the dedicated members of Women Fighting Hunger have helped to raise awareness around our mission to end hunger here, and together have raised enough to provide millions of healthy meals to people struggling with hunger.


At the onset of the pandemic, the Women Fighting Hunger committee members stepped forward with the first COVID fundraiser of its kind in May 2020.

Committee members ambitiously worked to rally their networks to raise funds to support the campaign to help our struggling neighbors. Matching sponsors UBS and DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute generously matched the first $20,000 of giving. In total, our committee raised $102,000 for our spring campaign.

In fall 2020, the Women Fighting Hunger committee again rallied support with a virtual campaign in lieu of our annual breakfast. Members engaged their personal and professional networks to support GBFB raising funds and local awareness in their communities by posting WFH signage at their homes. Members engaged corporate holiday parties and rallied donations to give back during the holiday season. To date, we have exceeded over $104,000 for our fall campaign.

Together, our 2020 WFH fundraising campaign raised over $206,000. Members remain dedicated supporting GBFB by volunteering at our facility, in the community and continuing to fundraise and engage their networks.

Women Fighting Hunger committeeWFH Committee Volunteering at GBFB

(Left: WFH Committee at their 2020 kick-off meeting; Right: WFM Committee volunteering at GBFB) 

Steering Committee Members 2021

Hannah Gilligan Commoss
Camille Valentine

Danah Al-Husaini
Heather Blier
Courtney Doyle
Molly Huck
Deborah Kane
Sandra Manzella
Melissa Morganti Zizza
Lisa O’Brien
Melissa Palmer
Eileen Pyne
Towma Ranstad
Estie Rappaport
Carolyn Sidor
Jaime Smoller
Lauren Van Allen

For more information about joining or making a gift in support of Women Fighting Hunger, please contact Joyce MacDonald at

In 2019, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Women Fighting Hunger. You can view our retrospective video highlighting the past, present and future of the Women Fighting Hunger event:


Click here to view the video of the full 10th Anniversary event.

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