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Amazon Expands Partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank to Deliver Food to Massachusetts Communities in Need
Transportation services and financial contributions enable GBFB to better provide nutritious food to those facing food insecurity in Eastern Massachusetts
BOSTON, MA – (December 1, 2022) – The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, today announced an expansion of its partnership with Amazon in order to provide nutritious food to those in need across Massachusetts. In support of GBFB’s mission to end hunger here, Amazon has increased its weekly support of GBFB’s transportation team by adding a second full-sized tractor trailer and class-A driver to assist GBFB in delivering food to key distribution partners.
To keep up with the demand for emergency food here in Eastern Massachusetts, GBFB’s distribution team already has 8 trucks on the road 6 days a week. In June 2021, Amazon began providing GBFB with a tractor trailer and class-A driver every Wednesday to help deliver food to a satellite dock on the South Coast. Amazon has now doubled their commitment by providing a second truck to deliver food every Thursday to a satellite food distribution center in Framingham. Since this partnership began in the summer of 2021, Amazon trucks have already delivered enough nutritious food to provide over 1.3 million meals to our neighbors in need.
Additionally, on November 30th Amazon presented a $25,000 donation to GBFB at the food bank’s headquarters in Boston in support of the mission to end hunger in Greater Boston.
The new route provided by Amazon allows food to be more efficiently distributed outside of the Boston area through satellite food distribution centers and frees up one of GBFB’s trucks for additional deliveries. GBFB works with a network of over 600 food distribution partners across the 190 cities and towns of Eastern Massachusetts, providing nearly 80 percent of the food that these partners distribute to people in their community.
“We are deeply thankful to Amazon for going above and beyond to provide solutions to the ongoing issue of food insecurity,” said Catherine D’Amato, President & CEO of GBFB. “As so many still lack consistent access to healthy food, Amazon’s distribution and operational expertise, labor and financial contributions will position GBFB to better provide our neighbors with nutritious meals. Partnerships like this are essential to our mission to end hunger here, and we extend our immense gratitude to Amazon for being hunger relief champions.”
“Nobody should go to bed hungry. Food prices are soaring and there are many families in Massachusetts struggling to put food on the table every day. And we want to help our neighbors in need,” said Amazon spokesperson Caitlin McLaughlin. “In the spirit of the season, today Amazon is proud to announce a $25,000 donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank. And we are doubling down on our commitment to help this organization address food insecurity. To do that, we have added a second truck to assist with weekly deliveries and transporting much needed healthy food to families who need it most.”
Those in need of food assistance are encouraged to visit GBFB.org/need-food, where they can find a list of resources and search for a food program by zip code.
About The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. As the food bank for Eastern Massachusetts, GBFB is feeding people in 190 towns across the region, distributing the equivalent of nearly 90 million meals per year through a network of 600 dedicated food distribution partners and programs. A member of the national Feeding America network, GBFB’s mission is to end hunger here. The organization remains committed to the belief that access to healthy food is a human right regardless of an individual’s circumstances. Through policy, partnerships, and providing free, nutritious, and culturally responsive food, GBFB is committed to addressing the root causes of food insecurity while promoting racial, gender and economic equity in food access. For more information and to help us help others, visit us at GBFB.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank) and Instagram, or call us at 617.427.5200.
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