47 Hunger-Relief Organizations Receive $243,000 in Grants from The Greater Boston Food Bank

Hunger-Free 2028 Campaign Investment in Capacity Building Grants Aim to Enable Organizations to Provide More Healthy Food to Those in Need Across Eastern MA


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Catherine Drennan

Boston, MA (July 31, 2019) – The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, distributed $243,060 in capacity-building grants to 47 hunger-relief organizations in nearly 40 communities across Eastern Massachusetts. These annual grants were provided to support investments that enable GBFB partner-agencies to distribute more food and reach more people in need.

As a result of GBFB’s Hunger-Free by 2028 campaign investment, GBFB nearly doubled this year’s total grant award compared to last year. It was the most competitive application year to date. GBFB received more than 80 applications with requests for assistance totaling nearly $720,000.

This matching-grant program funds up to 50 percent of an approved application, with the balance paid by the GBFB-partner agency. Applications were submitted for a range of capacity expansion projects, including walk-in freezers or coolers, refrigerated trucks, shelving, cooler bags, and power jacks. The purpose of this investment is to build and strengthen the capacity of the network of partner organizations to more efficiently and effectively get food to people in need.

“For the last several years GBFB has committed more than $1 million dollars in our annual capacity-building grant program, investing in infrastructure projects that can really change an organization’s ability to serve their communities,” explained Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO, GBFB. “These funds have made significant advancements in our network’s ability to achieve our mission to end hunger here. This year we have redoubled our investment to accelerate our vision to create a Hunger-Free Eastern Massachusetts.”

2019 Grant Awardees:
AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Hyannis
American Red Cross/Mobile Market, Boston
Angels Anonymous Inc., Fall River
Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative, Attleboro
Boston Rescue Mission Pantry, Boston
Boys and Girls Club Brockton, Brockton
Braintree Holidays/Friends Pantry, Braintree
Brookline Food Pantry Egmont Street, Brookline
Burlington Food Pantry, Burlington
Centre Street Food Pantry, Newton
Charity Guild Food Pantry, Brockton
Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester
Faith Pentecostal Church, Dorchester
Family Pantry – Damien’s Place, East Wareham
Franklin Food Pantry, Franklin
GGWO/Grace Ministries, Everett
Good Shepherd Parish Backpack, Vineyard Haven
Greater Fall River Food Pantry, Fall River
Holy Redeemer Church/Our Daily Bread Pantry, East Boston
Islamic Multi-Service Organization, Roxbury
JFCS Family Table, Waltham
Marshfield Food Pantry, Marshfield
Medfield Food Cupboard, Medfield
My Brother’s Keeper Food Pantry, South Easton
Natick Service Council Food Pantry, Natick
NIC/Nantucket Emergency Food Pantry, Nantucket
Open Table Food Pantry, Maynard
Our Daily Bread-Mansfield, Mansfield
P.A.C.E. Inc., New Bedford
PACH Outreach, Pepperell
Plymouth Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., Kingston
Rehoboth Food Pantry, Rehoboth
Scituate Church Pantry, Scituate
South Boston Community Health Center, South Boston
South Kitchen in Provincetown, Inc., Provincetown
South Shore Community Action Council, Plymouth
St. Anthony of Padua Food Pantry, New Bedford
St. Patrick’s Church, Lawrence
The Open Door Food Pantry, Gloucester
The Salvation Army Lynn Citadel Corps, Lynn
UUC/First Parish Church of Newbury Community Food Pantry, Newbury
Yarmouth Food Pantry, South Yarmouth
YMCA/Germantown Neighborhood Food Pantry, Quincy
YMCA/Malden, Everett
Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, Wakefield
Walpole Community Food Pantry, Walpole
Weymouth Council for the Hungry, Rockland

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. GBFB provides the equivalent of 50 million healthy meals annually distributed through its network of 530 partner agencies in the 190 cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB operates four direct service programs at nearly 70 sites throughout the area. A member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB serves more than 140,000 people every month in its mission to create a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit us at, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank) and Instagram, or call us at 617.427.5200.

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